Clarke announces bid for re-election

by Phil Ambroziak It may be more than a year away, but it’s never too early to prepare for a federal election. Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke is only one of several candidates throughout Saskatchewan to announce plans to run in the October 2015 federal election. “I will be seeking re-election, but I’m still going … 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

No funds coming for rail line from federal government

by Phil Ambroziak In spite of a lack of federal funding, North Central Rail Ltd. refuses to have its efforts to purchase a stretch of track in Saskatchewan’s northwest derailed. “There was a (purchase) deadline in February, but there was also an application made for an assessment of net salvage value for part of the … Continue reading

Rob Clarke in hot water over Indian Act

by Phil Ambroziak If First Nations leaders have their way, MP Rob Clarke’s efforts to repeal the Indian Act could be over before they even get started. Recent reports revealed the Missinippi-Churchill River member plans to bring forth a private member’s bill in the near future entitled “An Act to Repeal the Indian Act.” Although … Continue reading

Native leaders react to proposed changes to Indian Act

by Phil Ambroziak While the federal government claims it’s trying to make things better, some First Nations wish they’d simply leave well enough alone. On Dec. 6, the Harper Government introduced the First Nations Elections Act. Designed to address long-standing criticisms of the election process under the Indian Act, the new legislation would bring with … Continue reading

Indian Act to be modernized: PM

by Phil Ambroziak “It’s antiquated, outdated and non-relevant.” That’s only some of the reasons Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Roy Cheecham would like to see the federal government repeal the 136-year-old Indian Act. That may not happen, however, at least not any time soon. During a special Crown-First Nations gathering in Ottawa Jan. 24, Prime … Continue reading

MLTC gets funding for improved job training

Part of previous federal agreement By Mac Christie The Canadian government announced funding for a program through the Meadow Lake Tribal Council last week that will see aboriginal people in the area develop job skills. Rob Clarke, MP for Desenthe-Missinippi-Churchill, announced the $537,928 in funding at MLTC Nov. 9, which will be used to assess … Continue reading

Long-gun registry on the chopping block

By Rhonda Cooper After years of campaigning for the dissolution of the long-gun registry, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative federal government introduced a bill Oct. 25 to do just that. The Harper government has been trying to get rid of the long-gun registry since it first came to power in 2005. But as a minority … Continue reading