New cenotaph unveiled

by Derek Cornet The unveiling of a cenotaph in Meadow Lake Oct. 3 will forever remind residents of the service veterans contributed to society. “We are finally at the completion of this project,” said zone commander Paulette Bement during the ceremony held at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76. “It is the most exciting time for … Continue reading

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

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

MLTC CFS celebrates 20 years

by Phil Ambroziak In order to achieve a brighter tomorrow, the first spark of light must be ignited today. In the case of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, however, the future of its children and its families has been growing in radiance for the last 20 years. That was the general message shared by those … Continue reading

Bands yet to post financial statements

by Derek Cornet The set deadline for the federal government’s First Nations Financial Transparency Act came and went with not one of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s nine bands complying. The legislation required all First Nations in Canada to post its financial documents including the remuneration and expenses of their respective chiefs and councils on … Continue reading

Nurses gain northern perspective

by Derek Cornet Six student nurses from Australia travelled to Meadow Lake recently to experience one-on-one contact with a health care system frequently used by aboriginal peoples. Dr. Arlene Kent-Wilkinson, an associate professor with the college of nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, said the institution has a special agreement with a nursing school in … Continue reading

Cuts coming to MLTC

by Derek Cornet Finances at Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) will take a hit when federal dollars disappear at the start of the next fiscal year. In April, MLTC’s budget will shrink to about $800,000 from its current level of $1.3 million, which echoes recent cuts announced at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN). … Continue reading

Forest industry takes turn for the better

by Phil Ambroziak Just like the tallest of trees, things are looking up for northern Saskatchewan’s forest industry. In recent months, the forest and logging industries have seen a rise in the market – the first time since the global economic downturn close to five years ago. “For us, it had a lot to do … Continue reading

First Nations schools seek promised federal dollars

by Sabine Gibbins When is the money coming? That is the question Judy Okanee, director of education for the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC), has for the federal government when it comes to funding. First Nations schools in the Northwest have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of federal dollars so they can determine – depending … Continue reading

2012 MLTC selection camps underway

by Terry Villeneuve On Sunday afternoon at the midget hockey tryout camp at PineRidge Ford Place on Flying Dust, had about 40 potential players hit the ice, anticipating to make the 23-team roster of 18 skaters, two goalies and three alternates. Leading the on-ice drills was Craig McCallum, a member of the Canoe Lake Cree … Continue reading