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Paskwayak Business Development Corporation Announces Future Commercial Development Site

Opaskwayak, MB – Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the Paskwayak Business Development Corporation recognizes the availability of development-ready commercial sites on Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) lands has not kept pace with continued growth in the region. The ON Commercial Strip Development along Highway 10 North has been a goal for many years which is now becoming a reality as the vision of Opaskwayak Cree Nation is carried forward.

 

This project involves a multi-year, multi-stage plan which will culminate in approximately 200 acres of developed commercial lots to be leased. Preferred tenants for leasing would include a manufacturing operation, light and heavy commercial businesses. Additional real estate would be leased to developers who are committed to building property suitable for retail space and office space. This land development is a one-to-five-year development for the first phase.

 


We welcome business ventures, retailers, warehouses, manufacturers that are looking for space to develop on First Nation Land that has Prime Highway Frontage. As well, we are developing an Industrial Park north of the weigh scales on Highway 10 as this is an important growing industry for our economy. Non-binding Letters of Interest will help project planning and determine future needs.

"This is an exciting time for our First Nation and our region. This development will create jobs, support business growth and provide diverse revenue streams and opportunities for our Fist Nation. This is not 'just' a land development project but this a significant investment for OCN, our people and our future generations. We're proud to be moving forward as a Progressive and Independent First Nation," Ginger Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Paskwayak Business Development Corporation Ltd.

 

For further information please contact Darryl Bauer, Economic Development Officer at PBDC 204-627-7200 or email at dbauer@pbdcltd.com.

 

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Winter tire use results in fewer crashes: Manitoba Public Insurance

Vehicles equipped with winter tires are in fewer crashes than vehicles without winter tires, according to a Manitoba Public Insurance report issued last year. Based on analysis of winter month claims (November to March), winter tire use is estimated to reduce collision claim frequency by 6.3 per cent.

 

The analysis was based on collision claims over the insurance years 2011-12 to 2017-18. Frequency was measured by comparing claim frequency before and after a winter tire purchase for 111,872 vehicles.

 

Of the 111,872 vehicles, there were 13,925 winter-month claims occurring before winter tires were installed and 9,802 winter-month claims occurring after winter tires were installed, stated the report.

 

“This MPI study confirmed that the use of winter tires can prevent collisions by reducing braking distances and enhance vehicle handling on snow covered, icy road surfaces,” said Satvir Jatana, MPI’s Chief Customer Officer.

 

“Loss prevention strategies of this nature ultimately benefit our customers through lower rates achieved by reduced collision counts. Consumers are encouraged to educate themselves about the safety benefits to winter tires as we enter into the winter months ? a time frame where collisions typically rise due to poor driving conditions and less than ideal road conditions.”

 

Quick Facts:

  • The average loan term is 2.9 years
  • Average loan amount is $1,246
  • There are 767 participating retailers in the province ? 368 located in Winnipeg
  • Since its introduction seven years ago, 173,487 loans have been processed under the province’s Low-Interest Winter Tire Program which is administrated by Manitoba Public Insurance.
  • At temperatures just below freezing on dry pavement, winter tires have been shown to reduce stopping distances by as much as 30 per cent compared with all-season tires.
  • Winter tires offer significantly better traction on snow-covered or icy road surfaces at temperatures well below -30 C than all-season tires have at 4 C.

 

About winter tires

Winter tires have a cold weather rubber compound and tread patterns designed to perform on wet, snow covered and icy surfaces. Numerous road safety studies confirm that winter tires reduce braking distances by lessening sliding on ice and snow.

 

Winter tires are equipped with a special single-directional tread pattern that actually pushes away snow and ice. They also have a deeper tread depth than their all-season counterparts, for better performance in snowy road conditions.

 

About the loan program

The program provides loans of up to 48 months at prime plus two per cent up to $2,000 per vehicle. Participation is as easy as going to any one of participating winter tire retailers throughout the province to confirm eligibility and have the loan authorization processed.

 

Eligible tires display a snowflake symbol, as endorsed by Transport Canada. This symbol indicates that the tires have met specific snow traction performance requirements and are designed to be used in severe snow conditions.

 

Financing remains available to eligible customers for the purchase of winter tires in addition to associated installation costs including rims, tire pressure monitoring system, addition of studs to tires (some limitations apply), mounting and balancing, wheel alignment and shop supplies.

 

Customers interested in participating in the program are encouraged to visit Manitoba Public Insurance’s website at mpi.mb.ca for more information on program rules and to select a participating retailer.

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting 2021

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting 2021

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce, representing the Tri Community of The Town of The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and The R.M. of Kelsey, held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021.

Jill Wilkinson, a local businessperson, is a partner with husband Doug Wilkinson in the operations of Lakeshore Landscaping Ltd, is continuing as President of the Board. Jill stated “We had number of motions on the table for this AGM. The main motion on the table to change to the name of the chamber to “The Pas OCN Chamber of Commerce” The calls for action UNDRIP or United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Economic Reconciliation is a part of that call. As chamber we need to do are part in Truth and Reconciliation.  OCN is one of the most progressive First Nations in Manitoba, Canada, and an equal contributor to our local economy. We live in a unique area with multiple governances that need to be embraced. Our local chamber has two places of designation and a vast area of space with agriculture in RM of Kelsey. We also have many surrounding areas like Wanless, Rocky Lake, Clearwater Lake, Cormorant, and Moose Lake to represent as well. Therefore, we believe this collaboration will foster our knowledge to strengthen and grow our local economy attract businesses and industry.

“We will continue to communicate the chamber’s value and it’s potential in fostering partnerships and being collaborative for all industry sectors as well as with federal, provincial and our municipalities governments”.

Bobbi LaJambe Pich remains as board treasurer. She has been exceptional at keeping our books organized and helping with applying for grants.

Celeste Atchison Manager of MLLC and owner of Dutch Drive Inn and Darryl Bauer Economic Development Officer for PBDC were two terms last year and continuing as is Linda Markus our The Pas Community Economic Development Representative will continue for another year.

Shannon Goulet of CEDF was nominated for a 1-year term and accepted. Shannon brings along some great ideas, and enthusiasm. The chamber is excited to have her on board.

Appointed directors are Andre Murphy a Representative from the Town of the Pas. Jim Berscheid continues as the Representative from the R.M. of Kelsey.

Wilkinson noted “The key position is our Office Manager, plus all the volunteer work of our board. We would not have had many successes this year with out that office position.”

“All of the Chamber’s planning, inspiration and guidance, depends on our members who volunteer their time, our local business community and the involvement from our community as a whole.

Chamber is always looking for new initiatives for our community  We will be asking members and non-members to participate by attending meetings and or just engage in conversation. We would like input to develop our communities’ initiatives. Jennifer Rooks is our Chamber’s Office Manager in a

 

temporary part- term position. Please feel free to reach out to Jennifer with your business or organizations challenges”

 

Wilkinson commented that “future of course will continue to include actively working with agencies to promote or develop economic development for our area while maintaining an active roll in community programs and projects. Membership drive and hosting events are imperative to the sustainability of the office manager position. We need someone working to develop business tools and digital business supports as well as co-ordinating delivery of workshops, grants and funding intended to address business issues especially around employee training plus attraction and retention, succession planning, insurance, point of sales systems, bookkeeping and taxation will continue to be priorities.”

We are hoping to open an office shortly, however we are taking that at one step at a time. Jennifer is available to chat anytime in person, by phone or text our number is 204-623-7256 email thepasdistrict@gmail.com.

Plastic Shopping Bag Ban Reinstated in The Pas

The Pas Town Council voted in favour of reinstating the plastic shopping bag ban in the community, a ban that was lifted as a temporarily measure in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, in order to keep workers safe and reduce the chances of spreading the virus.

 

Local businesses will be given some time to get rid of the remaining plastic shopping bag stocks that they already have.

 

Under this new by law, compostable shopping bags will be permitted, this was not allowed when the old plastic shopping bag ban was in place.

 

The goal of the ban is to reduce unnecessary waste especially discarded single use plastics.   

Local Rotary Member Wins Woman Entrepreneur Award

Local Rotary member and Co Owner of Paperworks Plus Connie Chartrand won the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2021 in the contribution to the community category as part of the Woman Business Owners of Manitoba Awards.

 

When asked how it felt to be nominated and to win the award Chartrand said she was very thankful for the honour and would like to thank the anonymous person that nominated her.

 

The Pas Rotary Club took the time to acknowledge her success on social media as well.

 

The Pas RCMP Respond to Disturbance at Local Hospital

On November 26, 2021, at approximately 9:00 pm, The Pas RCMP received a report of an agitated male inside St. Anthony’s Hospital in The Pas, Manitoba.

 

The unknown male suspect had a weapon and was forcibly holding a hospital employee against their will. Officers attended immediately. The suspect fled, and officers pursued the male on foot out of the hospital.

 

Keewatin Lachose, 21, from The Pas, was quickly apprehended by RCMP and taken into custody without incident. The weapon was seized, and a stolen ID pass and key to the narcotics room were found in the suspect’s possession.

 

The 17-year-old male victim was not physically injured.

 

Initial investigation has determined that Lachose held the victim in order to gain access to secure rooms in the hospital. While a lot of damage was done to the secure rooms the suspect accessed, nothing was taken.

 

Lachose is charged with:

  • Resisting/Obstructing Peace Officer
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Break and Enter with Intent
  • Robbery with Other Offensive Weapon
  • Uttering Threats Against a Person
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Mischief

 

Lachose was found to be wanted on unrelated warrants for Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Fail to Comply with Probation Order. He is remanded in custody. The investigation is continuing.

The Pas Family Resource Centre Radio Pledge Drive Results

The results of The Pas Family Resource Centres Radio pledge Drive have been finalized.

 

$4000 was raised in total.

 

Project manager Lisa Gamblin would like to thank everyone for their donations.

 

You can stay up to date with the family resource centre on their Facebook page.

Casting Call for New Movie "The Tomahawk"

Local Film maker Steven Bignell is planning to shoot a new movie this coming February in The Pas and Area.

 

The film called The Tomahawk is about an indigenous Canadian solider serving in World War Two.

 

They are looking for One Indigenous Lead Actor, One Caucasian Lead Actor, One Indigenous Female Lead Actor, and three background actors.

 

An open casting call will be held at The Pas Legion on December 12th from 12 PM until 6PM.

 

The movie is expected to be about 10 to 15 minutes.

OCN Vaccine Clinics

Next week, there will be flu shot and 3rd dose covid booster shot clinics at the veterans hall on Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

 

They will be held on November 30th from 11AM until 6PM and on December 1st and 2nd from 9AM until 6PM.

 

In order to get a 3rd COVID 19 vaccine dose OCN members must be at least 18 and they must wait 6 months after getting their second dose.

Businesses and Communities North of the 53rd Go All-In on Snowmobile Tourism

SledMB53 is pleased to announce the launch of their online Business and Community Sled Friendly Training and Certification programs. A launch event took place at the Snow Lake Motor Inn in Snow Lake, MB, today.

 

As part of SledMB53’s efforts to develop and promote snowmobile tourism in Northern Manitoba, these two online certification programs are designed to help Northern Manitoba communities and business attract riders, be positioned to fully service their needs, and provide a safe snowmobiling environment.

 

Both the Community and Business Certification programs help participants understand this unique audience, why they ride, and what they may want, need or desire when they head out for a day-trip, or book a multiday snowmobile vacation.

 

In order to get certified, communities and businesses are required to comply with specific criteria so they can effectively serve these visitors. These requirements may include things like providing:

  • ample parking for vehicles and/or snow machines,
  • snowmobile access to services like food, fuel, or to trailheads,
  • restroom access, wifi access etc. 

The benefits of being a Certified Sled Friendly Business or Community include:

  • recognition on the SledMB53 website and social media channels,
  • a Sled Friendly Certified decal to display on location, and
  • more visitors to their area or business.

“We’ve seen similar initiatives in other provinces and countries but this is a unique program for Manitoba,” commented Al McLauchlan, Project Manager for SledMB53. “These past few years we’ve focussed on trail development and shelter improvements. The development and delivery of this new training and certification is another step to ready our communities and businesses to attract and serve snowmobile tourists,” continued McLauchlan.

 

SledMB53 is a project managed by Community Futures North Central Development, Community Futures Greenstone, Community Futures Cedar Lake and the Communities Economic Development Fund/Look North and is supported by Travel Manitoba, the organized snowmobile clubs in Northern Manitoba, and several others partners and stakeholders.

 

The training and certifications is FREE through the Manitoba Tourism Education Council (MTEC) to communities and businesses North of the 53rd parallel. Registration and online training can be accessed from the SledMB53 website at: www.sledmb53.ca or the MTEC website at: www.mtec.mb.ca.

RCMP Make Arrest after Armed and Barricaded Incident

Last weekend, The Pas RCMP responded to a report of an assault at a residence in The RM of Kelsey.

 

The police were advised that the suspect was inside his residence and was armed with a firearm.

 

The local RCMP detachment and members of the Manitoba First Nation Police Service attended the scene and contained the area and a 21 year old female victim was found outside the residence with only minor injuries and was treated by medical personnel.

 

After several hours the suspect surrendered, exited the residence and was arrested without incident.

 

The suspect 44 year old Jeremy Cook is facing several charges including assault, uttering threats, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

 

The firearm and ammunition were seized by the police.

The Pas COVID Vaccine Clinic for Children

Parents that wish to get their children vaccinated against COVID 19 will have an opportunity to do so this weekend.

 

A walk in clinic will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion here in The Pas from 10AM until 4PM on Saturday.

 

No appointments are required, mask use is mandatory, and you must bring a consent form to the clinic and they can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/resources.html

 

Children aged 5 to 11 are eligible for covid vaccinations.

Local Rock Band Wins Manitoba Loud Music Rock Band of the Year Award

The Town of The Pas based rock band Silverwater has been recognized as Rock Band of the Year at the Manitoba Loud Music Awards.

 

Band member J.R Lavallee told Arctic Radio that they attended the ceremony with no expectations other than to play their music and meet new musicians and winning the award was a surprise.

 

The band is hoping to release their debut album soon.

Operation Christmas Child Local Results

Operation Christmas Child is a campaign that collects gift filled shoe boxes for less fortunate children in different parts of the world and with the help of three Northern Manitoba communities and their generous donations 287 needy children will receive a gift this Christmas.

 

The gift filled shoe boxes were collected in The Pas and Area, Flin Flon, and Snow Lake and they were shipped Yesterday morning.

 

Local Organizer Pat Tonn would like to thank everyone for their donations.

Linda McFarland Wins Lieutenant Governor of Canada's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

The Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival board of directors would like to congratulate long time board member Linda McFarland on receiving the Lieutenant Governor of Canada’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. 

 

“Linda has been an integral part of Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival for more than 30 years and we are very proud that she continues to serve as an active board member.

 

Linda’s contributions go beyond her long-time organization of the Trappers’ Festival Arts and Craft Show and her knowledge and willingness to assist with all aspects of Festival is appreciated beyond measure,” Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival Chairperson Jennifer Cook said.

 

Linda was formally presented her medal at the November 16th board meeting. Her citation included her many years of involvement with Trappers’ Festival as well as her other community involvement over the years.

 

“Linda is a shining example of volunteerism in a community. She selflessly gives of her time to organize the Arts and Craft Show, which is one of our pillar events. We are so proud of Linda and appreciate all she does for Festival and the community,” Cook said.

Career Trek Celebrates 25 Years of Career Development for Young Manitobans

November 18, 2021 – Winnipeg, Brandon, & The Pas Manitoba – Career Trek will celebrate 25 years of career education programming on November 24th. The celebration will include a Drum Song by the Skownan First Nation Youth Drum Group and the Maples Collegiate Bhangra Dancers. Over the last 25 years, Career Trek has helped thousands of young people living on Lands in Treaty 1, Treaty 2, Treaty 5 and the Homeland of the Metis Nation explore careers, develop news skills and make informed decisions about their future!

 

Career Trek is able to offer high impact career focused programming because of the generous support it receives from donors, partners and funders. Programming has proven to have long lasting impacts on the lives of participants, and because of the generosity of others we can connect with over 800 participants annually.

 

In August 2021, Career Trek lost an advocate, champion and friend in Gord Hannon. Gord was committed to youth, education, and community never hesitating to step in and lend a hand or offer some sound advice and guidance. To honour his memory Career Trek is pleased to announce the Gord Hannon Memorial Scholarship that will start accepting applications in the New Year.

Quote from Rhonda, CEO Career Trek

 

“In all its 25 years Career Trek has always understood the importance of connecting with youth who face barriers to education and employment with experiences that provide them the tools and resources to become their own education and career champions! We couldn’t do this work without the generous support, guidance and commitment from individuals, organizations, communities, schools, and funders. Together, we can inspire life-long learning today, for a just and equitable tomorrow.”

 

About Career Trek: We aim to give young Manitobans the experiences and information they need to succeed. They develop knowledge, skills, relationships, and values that will help them find educational and career success. Visit Careertrek.ca for further information.

The Pas RCMP Investigate Threats

On November 15, 2021, at approximately 11:05 pm, The Pas RCMP responded to a report of threats at a residence in the RM of Kelsey.

An adult male reported that he had attended a residence and was threatened with a firearm by another male.

The investigation led officers to identify a suspect and officers attended his residence in the RM of Kelsey. The male was arrested without incident, along with a female who was also in the residence.

A search warrant was executed at the home and a firearm was seized.

A 51-year-old female from Pukatawagan is facing a charge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm. She was released from custody with an upcoming court date.

Anthony Ross, 57, from the RM of Kelsey, has been charged with;

  • Assault With a Weapon
  • Uttering Threats
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm when Knowing Possession is Unauthorized
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Using a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence
  • Weapons Possession Contrary to Order

The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

Update - Chemawawin RCMP investigating homicide

Update - Chemawawin RCMP investigating homicide

Earlier this afternoon, Armando Young turned himself in to police. 

The RCMP would like to thank the public and media for their assistance.
 

On November 17, 2021, RCMP issued a Warrant of Arrest for 22-year-old Armando Quinton Young, from Chemawawin First Nation, who was charged with Criminal Negligence Causing Death with Firearm, Possess Firearm while Prohibited and Fail to Comply with Release Order in relation to the death of the 23-year-old male on November 16, 2021, in Easterville.

Grand Rapids RCMP Investigate Single-Vehicle Collision

On November 14, 2021, at approximately 4:15 am, Grand Rapids RCMP responded to a collision on Highway 6, approximately 46 km south of Grand Rapids.

 

A vehicle travelling south on Highway 6, collided with the guard rail on the bridge, at South Twin Creek.

 

When police arrived the vehicle was completely burnt, and two people were outside of the vehicle.

 

A passenger in the backseat of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at scene.

 

A 29-year-old male from Moose Lake, was taken to the nursing station with non-life threatening injuries.

 

A 26-year-old female from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, was taken to the nursing station with non-life threatening injuries.

 

The vehicle in the collision, a brown Chevrolet Equinox with Manitoba plate KGW 277, was involved in an earlier incident in Chemawawin.

 

On November 14, 2021, at approximately 2:20 am, Chemawawin RCMP responded to a report of threats at a checkstop on Highway 327.

 

The vehicle stopped at the checkstop and allegedly threatened the employees. The vehicle then left the scene and was involved in the collision a short time later.

 

RCMP are asking anyone with information on these incidents to please call Grand Rapids RCMP at 204-639-2467, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Operation Christmas Child Collection Week

This week is collection week for Operation Christmas Child, a campaign that gives gift filled shoe boxes to less fortunate children in third world countries.

 

Shoe boxes can be dropped off at The Grub Box or The Pas Regional Library from now until Friday and at The Pas Alliance Church this Saturday from 1 until 4 and Sunday from 1 until 3PM.

IIU concludes investigation into serious injury to a male during MFNP arrest

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) has concluded its investigation into the serious injury of a male suspect discovered following his arrest and detention by the Manitoba First Nations’ Police (MNFP) Service.

According to the notification received on July 18, 2021, the MNFP arrested a man following a pursuit that ended when the affected person (AP) went off the road and hit a house in Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN). Following transport to hospital, the individual was found to have a broken arm. 

A team of IIU investigators was assigned to the investigation. Two MFNP officers were designated as witness officers, and three civilian witnesses were identified. In addition, MFNP file material and other information obtained by IIU investigators included:

  • MFNP radio transmissions
  • MFNP officers’ general reports, narratives and notes
  • Photographs of vehicle that struck the house
  • AP’s medical records

Based on all the witness accounts, AP’s injury was a result of sole responsibility of the driver of the truck and the collision with the house. The police officers’ acts to follow and catch up to the truck had no causal connection to the manner of driving of the truck or its collision with the house.

The report finds that no actions by any police officer caused or contributed to AP’s injury in any degree. There is nothing to indicate that any police officer applied any unnecessary or excessive force to AP. The injury sustained by AP resulted solely from the manner of driving of the truck and the subsequent collision with the house.

The IIU investigation is now closed, and the civilian director’s complete report is available online at www.iiumanitoba.ca. The details of this investigation were first announced on July 21, 2021. 

Amanda Lathlin

Most of us have been impacted in some way or another by losing a loved one to suicide or homicide. While every death is tragic, it is especially heartbreaking when it involves a child or youth. Earlier this month, a special report by the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) investigating the lives of 45 Manitoba boys between the ages of 12-17 who died by suicide or homicide in the last decade made headlines and I want to draw more attention to its findings.

 

In its report, MACY found that 82% of the youth who died were Indigenous, and 49% lived in northern Manitoba. The risk factors for dying by suicide or homicide identified in the report are living in poverty; experiencing racism and discrimination; witnessing caregiver substance use and intimate partner violence between adults; involvement with the justice system; poor attendance in school; problematic substance use, and gang involvement. This does not come as a surprise to residents of The Pas-Kameesak, where we have been sounding the alarm about the challenges our children and youth face for decades.

 

All of the boys included in MACY’s report had some form of child welfare involvement. We know that often times, the child-welfare system has continued the assimilation that the residential school system started, and this is so evident when we look at the deaths of these overwhelmingly Indigenous young men in Manitoba. Like the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, I have been drawing attention to the need to provide adequate resources to Indigenous communities and child welfare organizations, support Indigenous families remaining together where it is safe to do so, and to keep children in culturally appropriate environments. When it comes to taking these steps, the PC government has responded with much talk and little action.

 

Another urgent area in which the PC government has been failing our youth is in improving and meaningfully investing in the youth mental health and addiction systems. Of all the boys who died by suicide and homicide, 76% had problematic substance use and 49% were hospitalized for a mental health concern. In light of these findings, I echo the words of Ainsley Krone, the Acting Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, who stated that “My office has 13 open and outstanding recommendations previously made to the provincial government to address known gaps in youth mental health and addiction services. I continue to call on the Manitoba government to expand the availability of these services immediately, in order to prevent the possibility of future losses of children and youth.”

 

Our children and youth deserve better, and I will continue to call the government out on their lack of action and urgency when it comes to protecting them.

 

Contact my office anytime at Amanda.Lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca  or 1-204-623-2034. Kinanaskomitin.

Town Council Meeting November 8th

Last night, The Town of The Pas held their first council and committee of the whole meetings for the month of November.

 

One of the items on the agenda included a presentation by Food Cycle Science, an organization that is focused on waste development solutions and they have a goal of reducing food waste with a special device called a food cycler.

 

You can learn more by viewing their presentation on townofthepas.ca

University College of the North Mourns Passing of Elder John Martin

(The Pas, MB) Former University College of the North (UCN) Elder John Martin was a strong advocate for Indigenous perspectives in education and a defender of the Cree language. As Campus Elder in The Pas, he led many important ceremonies for UCN. John provided cultural camps as well as teepee and medicine wheel teachings on?site and in the north.

 

John sat as a governor of the first Keewatin Community College Board of Governors in 1993. At an early age, John helped his father on the trapline. He took the hard lessons of the bush with him throughout his life. A residential school survivor, he later worked as a welder, mechanic, band councillor, youth counsellor and UCN Campus Elder.


“On behalf of the whole UCN community, I offer sincere condolences to John’s family and friends,” said UCN President Doug Lauvstad. “John was a strong advocate for using indigenous world views as a means to empower youth and provide hope for the future. John was a champion for his people and communities and spoke eloquently on the imperative to preserve and promote Indigenous languages and culture.

 

He was a true leader at UCN in both thought and spirit. His wisdom and guidance will be missed.”


Flags at University College of the North will be lowered Monday, November 8th in memoriam of Elder John Martin.


University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while
respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.

Monthly Mayor Reports October

According to October’s monthly crime stats The Pas had mostly disturbance of the peace and mischief cases along with 107 prisoners held.

 

The RM of Kelsey again had mostly provincial traffic violations 32 in total and Cormorant had 5 offences committed ranging from mischief to breaking and entering.

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