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Rock-Blasting North Of La Ronge PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:46

Rock-Blasting North Of La Ronge

Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 13:33



Highway crews are blasting rock north of La Ronge.


A spokeswoman for Saskatchewan Highways says motorists should expect construction zones 12 kilometres north along Highway 102.


Kirsten Leatherdale says the reason they're doing the work is primarily due to safety.


"It's simply to expand the right of way at that location and drivers will be able to see better when they're driving on Highway 102 at that location."


She adds the work isn't associated with mining, and should be wrapped up by the end of March.

FNUC Dealt Major Blow PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:45

FNUC Dealt Major Blow

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 15:27



There will be no federal funding to the First Nations University.


That's according to the province's Advanced Education Minister, Rob Norris.


Norris met with Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl yesterday morning.


Norris says a signed agreement between the U of R and the First Nations University on a new administration plan would have helped the cause -- but a lack of a deal "constrained the conversation".


According to Norris, a formal agreement is also important for discussions related to provincial funding of the FNUC.


He also stresses that the $7.2 million that was to go to the FNUC should stay in the province for other programs.


Randy Lundy is the Academic Council Chair for the FNUC.


Lundy says the FNUC cannot run on "proposal-based funding", and there won't be a university in the fall unless Ottawa restores the funding immediately.


Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was in Regina last night for a town hall-style meeting, and when asked about the federal government's position, said the wider issue is "what this says about the commitment to Aboriginal education, period".

Hundreds Pay Respects To Ahenakew At Funeral PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:45

Hundreds Pay Respects To Ahenakew At Funeral

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 15:16



First Nations leaders from across Canada paid homage to a well-known public figure from the Ahtahkakoop First Nation yesterday.


David Ahenakew, the former chief of both the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Assembly of First Nations, was laid to rest at the age of 76.


Several hundred people turned out for the service, with some organizers estimating the final number to be close to 1,000.


His son, Greg, described his father as a loving man who made a difference in the lives of many.


Others described Ahenakew as a fierce leader who didn't sugar-coat words, especially when treaty rights were at stake.


In addition to setting up the foundation for the First Nations University of Canada, Ahenakew also helped direct talks during the signing of the Constitution.


Colleague Jim Sinclair implored people to keep fighting for the FNUC, saying that's what his friend would have wanted.


Sinclair also said he was disappointed that more people didn't step forward to support Ahenakew a few years ago when he was prosecuted over remarks he made about Jews.


Former FSIN Chief Sol Sanderson said Ahenakew's keen insight into provincial and federal politics served his people well -- while Onion Lake First Nation Chief Wallace Fox said Ahenakew's fierce style rubbed off on him and helped Fox become a better leader.


Ahenakew's body was taken by horse-drawn carriage to a cemetery on the reserve, where he was laid to rest surrounded by family and friends.


There, Manitoba chief Terrence Nelson presented the Ahenakew family with an eagle staff.


Nelson described Ahenakew as a warrior who fought until the end.


AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo also sent his condolences to the family through a message read at the service.

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