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Two men have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a La Ronge business PDF Print E-mail
Written by Travis Radke   
Monday, 11 December 2017 16:56

La Ronge RCMP detachment. Photo by Braden Malsbury.

Police picked up two male suspects shortly after 1 a.m. today on a La Ronge-area Lac La Ronge Indian Band reserve after they allegedly demanded food from a business while carrying a sawed-off rifle.

Members of the La Ronge detachment say they rounded up the suspects leaving the area, and also seized a firearm.

No employees of the business, located on the reserve just off Highway 2, were injured in the incident.

30-year-old Frank Clarke and a 16-year-old male from the area were arrested without incident and are facing charges of robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of an offence and carrying a concealed weapon.

The youth, who cannot be identified, is also facing a charge of pointing a firearm.

Both suspects appeared in La Ronge Provincial Court today.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 December 2017 17:31
Round two in court challenge coming up PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 11 December 2017 11:54

Photo courtesy of eas.ualberta.ca

With one court ruling on its side, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Charmaine Stick, a member of the Onion Lake Cree Nation, are confident the Court of Appeal will also side in their favour, forcing the First Nation to publicly reveal its financial statements.

In June, a lower court ordered the Onion Lake Cree Nation to publicly file its income statements. Instead, the band filed an immediate appeal. That appeal is expected to be heard shortly according to Todd McKay, the prairie director of the Taxpayers Federation.

He says even though the Onion Lake First Nation has never complied with the legislation, he says ignoring a court order would have serious consequences.

"If they don’t it would be a really, really unusual situation, that could potentially put them in contempt of court, which of course is a very serious issue," he said.

The First Nations Financial Transparency Act is still on the books, but the Liberal government is not enforcing it, promising instead to repeal it, hold more consultations and come up with something better.

McKay says the law is a good one, and there is no need to go back to square one.

"But the reality on the ground is that this has been a huge success, the overwhelming majority of bands have complied with it. Many have said, we have got nothing to hide, if you want to see what we are doing with the money, here it is, no problem," he said.

The law was introduced by the Harper government. First Nations that did not comply lost federal funding, but since the Liberals have come to power, the law has existed in name only.

No date has been set for the Court of Appeal challenge.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 December 2017 12:11
Google and Canadian Geographic are partnering on a residential school project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Travis Radke   
Monday, 11 December 2017 11:34

Cree students at All Saints Indian Residential School, Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Photo courtesy of Canadian Geographic.

Residential schools are the focus of a new project between Canadian Geographic and Google.

The research magazine and tech giant have coined the project as "Google Earth Voyager residential school story." The project will attempt to show the location of each school in the 165 years that the government program ran.

In addition, the stories and history of each location will be found on the map as well, including testimonials and accounts of childhood loss and abuse.

"This is a harrowing tale but required learning on our journey towards reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples," said Ellen Curtis, the director of Can Geo Education.

The project is purposed to be an educational resource across the nation.

"Our Google Earth Voyager residential school story provides a much-needed primer for elementary and secondary school students," said Curtis.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has also collaborated with Can Geo on the project.

Google has worked on similar "voyager" projects with institutions such as NASA and the BBC.


Last Updated on Monday, 11 December 2017 11:37
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