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Saskatchewan MP calls for National Aboriginal Day to be stat holiday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Friday, 16 June 2017 13:28

Georgina Jolibois. Photo courtesy of georginajolibois.ndp.ca

Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Georgina Jolibois has introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons, calling for National Aboriginal Day to be declared a statutory holiday.

National Aboriginal Day was first established in 1996 to celebrate the heritage and contributions of Indigenous people across the country. It is celebrated as a statutory holiday for First Nations organizations such as band offices, schools and tribal councils, but it has never been recognized in the private sector.

Jolibois says that since June is National Aboriginal History Month, it makes sense to have a national statutory holiday to formally recognize Aboriginal, Inuit and Metis people as founding members of Canada.

"It’s being received well from the Grand Chiefs as well as other Inuit, Metis and First Nation groups across the country," said Jolibois. "I hope to get support from other members of parliament."

The northern Saskatchewan MP says there have been previous discussions to have the day declared as a national statutory holiday, and says the time now makes sense.

"Current scholars, leaders and politicians recognize the historical contributions our people have made, why not have a statutory holiday to celebrate that?" says Jolibois. "So why not now? The opportunity is terrific."

Jolibois says she hopes the bill will be debated in the House of Commons in the next six months. She says that will give her time to garner more support for the proposed bill.

Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette introduced a petition in the house earlier this year calling for the same change.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 16 June 2017 13:32
 
Lac La Ronge Indian Band asking for privacy after kids suffer burns PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Friday, 16 June 2017 10:37

Photo courtesy of fitness2j2.com

The chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band is asking for privacy as members deal with the recent burns suffered by two children.

Tammy Cook-Searson says the children have returned home, but they have a long recovery ahead of them.

"This is a very difficult time for our community, however we have the necessary support services in place and we have the full confidence in the staff of our Lac La Ronge Indian Child and Family Services Agency to continue their work with the affected children and their families," said Cook-Searson.

The chief is also thanking community member who called for emergency assistance, nurses, doctors, paramedics and RCMP who provided assistance last weekend.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 16 June 2017 10:50
 
Regina murder update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 16 June 2017 10:10

Jonathon Edward Kakewash. Photo courtesy of Regina Police.

Regina police have arrested two more suspects and are looking for a third in connection with a murder back in April.

The victim, 51-year-old Daniel Richard Dipaolo, was murdered in a North Central home. A short time later, police arrested 51-year-old Edward Joseph Genaille and charged him with first-degree murder.

Yesterday, three more suspects were identified and charged with first-degree murder. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Mathew Brass and 25-year-old Malcolm Mitchell were arrested in Winnipeg, where they were in custody on a number of unrelated charges.

Today, the pair was also charged with two murders in Winnipeg that took place earlier this year.

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for 31-year-old Jonathon Edward Kakewash. He is the fourth suspect in the murder of Richard Dipaolo of Regina.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 June 2017 10:21
 
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