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Sled Dog Teams Begin Annual Northern Trek PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 01:50

Sled Dog Teams Begin Annual Northern Trek

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 12:29



The 13th annual Canadian Sled Dog Challenge is officially underway.


Mushers left the starting gate outside city hall in Prince Albert at noon today.


Twelve racers are vying for more than $20,000 in prize money.


Six teams are entered in the 12-dog race, while five teams are entered in the 8-dog race.


One lone contestant is also entered in the junior category.


Luke Naber of Shellbook is running in the 8-dog division.


The five-time veteran says he'll be taking it easy today so his dogs stay fresh later on.


David Neuburh of MacDowall is also in the 8 dog race.


He says he'll be looking for a top-3 finish, but would really like to win after placing 3rd and 2nd in the last two editions of the race.


The racers head to Anglin Lake today.


After that, it's on to Weyakwin and the La Ronge area.


The 12-dog race will run from Prince Albert to La Ronge, and then north to Grandmother's Bay and Stanley Mission before the final dash to La Ronge.


The 8-dog teams will run from Prince Albert to La Ronge.


The junior race will end at Elk Ridge Resort.


Warm weather could be a factor this year, as Environment Canada is forecasting highs of -8 degrees Celsius later in the week.

New FNUC Board Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 01:50

New FNUC Board Announced

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 at 15:22



The FSIN announced the new board of governors today for the First Nations University of Canada.


The 11-member board is made up of academics and professionals.


It includes Dr. Bonita Beatty, former teacher Sidney Fiddler, Yorkton Tribal Council director of education Don Pinay, alumni Joely Big Eagle and FNUC Students' Association president Diane Adams.


There are still members from the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council and the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs that have yet to be named, as well as Nakoda elder.


Lawyer Don Worme will act as the board's legal counsel.


Both the FSIN and the FNUC Students' Association are now calling for funding to be reinstated to the school.


Yesterday, Indian Affairs announced it is cutting its funding to the school following the same announcement last week from the province.


Students' association vice-president Cadmus Delorme says he can't understand how Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl can overlook education as a treaty right.


As of yesterday, six senior administrators from FNUC were placed on leave with pay, including president Charles Pratt and vice-president of administration Al Ducharme.


FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild says the new board will appoint an interim president, and one of its first orders of business will be to review the Meyers Norris Penny audit into alleged financial misspending.


Meantime, NDP First Nations and Metis Relations Critic Warren McCall is questioning the motives of the province, as well as the federal government.


McCall wonders if either government really believes the FNUC should exist, noting that the federal Conservatives pulled the plug on the Kelowna Accord.


McCall worries how the institution will continue to run when it has lost nearly half of its operating budget.


That concern is being echoed by the students.


Cheryl Morin notes some students are even talking about switching schools -- but she is urging them not to lose faith that the university will survive.


She adds the thought of losing the cultural and bilingual component offered by the FNUC is frightening.


Brandy-Lee Maxie is a single mother majoring in English.


She says the First Nations University provides support like nowhere else -- noting that she was able to resume classes a week after having a baby.


Maxie says she's concerned not only for her future, but for her children's, as well.


The federal government's withdrawal of funding also has alumni reacting.


One former student, who didn't want to be named, says she is "very saddened" and "very defeated" by the news.


She says "education is the new buffalo . . . but our buffalo has been shot".


A Facebook group has been established to urge the provincial government to return funding to the FNUC.


At last word, the group -- called "Demand the Sask Government Reinstate First Nations University Funding" -- had roughly 2,000 members.


The creators of the page say they believe the provincial government is trying to make up for lost potash revenues by cutting the $5.2 million from its budget.


The creators are inviting anyone to write to their MLA or MP in the hopes of having the funding restored.

Nanatakapo Guilty Of Careless Use Of A Firearm PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 01:50

Nanatakapo Guilty Of Careless Use Of A Firearm

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 at 13:25



A First Nations man has been found guilty of carelessly using a firearm on Delaronde Lake.


Judge Gerald Morin has ruled 57-year-old Victor Nanatakapo was in the wrong when he discharged his firearm in May of 2008.


However, in a 25-page decision, Morin said he sympathized with the traditional land user.


He noted that eight years ago, Nanatakapo was dragged by his braids by a police officer for allegedly driving without a licence -- while his mother was accused of assaulting a peace officer. Both charges were dismissed.


Morin also noted that a conservation officer made an incorrect legal assessment when Nanatakapo complained to him earlier on the day of the shooting that someone had driven over his fishing net on the lake.


The conservation officer told Nanatakapo that there was nothing he could do because it was an open lake -- but Morin has ruled he was wrong, because the net was private property.


Morin also had some questions with some of the testimony provided by the boaters who say they were shot at.


But the judge also ruled that Nanatakapo's use of force was out of line. Morin said he believed the boaters' story that they were only fishing, and that someone else could have driven over Nanatakapo's net.


In the end, the judge gave Nanatakapo five months probation.


Morin also ordered a probation officer to facilitate a meeting between Nanatakapo and his neighbours to discuss his concerns over how the land is used.


The order came at Nanatakapo's request.


Speaking outside the courthouse, Nanatakapo said he was happy to have the ordeal behind him.


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