Flying Dust starts Railway Ave. cleanup

Phil Ambroziak The road to a better tomorrow begins with the steps you take today. That’s something Flying Dust First Nation understands and a big reason behind the ongoing excavation work recently initiated by the band along the north side of Railway Avenue. “We’re cleaning that whole area up lot-by-lot and putting in better soil,” … Continue reading

CHS students to hold mock election

by Phil Ambroziak Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. That’s a message Carpenter High School in Meadow Lake has always instilled in its students, but one that holds even greater meaning this year with the 42nd Canadian general election on the horizon. “Essentially, I would be teaching this to my history students even if it wasn’t … Continue reading

RCMP in need of members

by Phil Ambroziak Numbers are low, but passion is at an all-time high. This is how Meadow Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Rod Ens described the atmosphere at the local detachment where – for most of the summer – a staffing shortage has impacted day-to-day operations. “Our numbers are still low,” Ens explained. “We have nine … Continue reading

Buffalo Narrows residents tackle drug issue

by Phil Ambroziak Enough is enough and it’s time for a change. That’s how several Buffalo Narrows residents feel about the local drug scene. But instead of just talking about the problem, they’re actually doing something about it. “It all started with a recent Facebook post,’ explained Tracy Tinker, a lifelong Buffalo Narrows resident. “Someone … Continue reading

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Liberal leader visits North

by Derek Cornet Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau broke the ice with residents of La Ronge and Meadow Lake Aug. 12 during his first campaign stop in Saskatchewan. Trudeau – along with Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River Liberal candidate Lawrence Joseph – began his visit of La Ronge in the early afternoon with a tour of wildfire-affected areas … Continue reading

Métis rights tops agenda at Ile-X gathering

by Phil Ambroziak By working together, great things can be accomplished. That’s what northwest Saskatchewan’s Métis population has come to discover following a recent gathering near Ile-a-la Crosse designed to promote cooperation amongst peers, as well as raise awareness and garner support for land and harvesting rights, economic development opportunities and more. “Overall, I believe … Continue reading

Communities declare states of emergency

By Phil Ambroziak Forest fires raging in Saskatchewan’s north required some fast action by the Keewatin Regional Health Authority recently. “Fourteen patients in acute care, long-term care and respite care were transferred from the La Loche Health Centre on Thursday evening (June 25) with the majority going to Meadow Lake,” explained Dale West, KYRHA director … Continue reading

Feds perpetrated cultural genocide, TRC

by Derek Cornet The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) came to an end last week with the release of a landmark report, which includes 94 recommendations to mend relationships between aboriginal people and all other Canadians. Established in 2008 under the terms of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, three commissioners worked to reveal the … Continue reading