Local Man Accuses Police of Racial Profiling

This story was originally published in the Meadow Lake Progress. Claims officer said “I know a drunk Indian when I see one” as he suffered epileptic seizure A Meadow Lake man is accusing the local RCMP of arresting and charging him with public intoxication when he claims he was actually having an epileptic seizure. Darrell Runningaround … [Read more...]

Makwa Sahgaiehcan Celebrates Culture

Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan, held their 15th annual powwow on May 17-19. The event celebrates Aboriginal culture and heritage, honours elders and pays homage to the Creator. The powwow attracts First Nations from all over Canada. Photos and video by Omar Mosleh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt6xGJwEV20 … [Read more...]

Canoe Lake Woman Receives $108,000 for Research

PhD candidate Cassandra Opikokew is hoping to find the indigenous solution to what some call the Indian problem. Opikokew, who grew up in Meadow Lake and is a member of the Canoe Lake First Nation, recently received a $108,000 research award to help her complete her dissertation, which is called ‘The Indian solution to the policy … [Read more...]

Rob Clarke challenges protesters

Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP has defended his government’s recent efforts to improve relations with First Nations communities amidst the recent ‘Idle No More’ movement. He also questioned some aspects of the movement, which arose in response to the federal government’s omnibus budget bill, which makes several changes to environmental … [Read more...]

Ruling Recognizes Métis As ‘Indians’

A federal court has issued a landmark ruling recognizing Métis people and non-status Indians as Indians under the Constitution Act. The Honourable Michael L. Phelan of the Federal Court Trial Division issued a declaration last week that the federal government has exclusive legislative jurisdiction over Métis and non-status Indians as well as a … [Read more...]

FSIN mulling federal legal challenge

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) is considering launching a legal challenge against the federal government over what it sees as a failure to meet constitutional obligations to consult First Nations people on legislation affecting them. Specifically, the FSIN objects to the passing of the federal government’s omnibus budget … [Read more...]

First Nations Protest Bill C-45

About 200-250 First Nations members and supporters made their voices, drums and thoughts heard as they marched through Meadow Lake to Conservative MP Rob Clarke’s office to oppose federal legislation Bill C-45. The Dec. 18 Meadow Lake rally comes a week after Idle No More protests protesting the federal government’s most recent budget bill took … [Read more...]