The Pas Local News

Opaskwayak General Election Date Set for September 19th

Members of Opaskwayak Cree Nation are reminded that the 2019 general election for the community is on September 19th at the Kikiwak Inn from 8AM Until 8PM.


An advance poll will be held at the Otineka Mall from 9AM until 8PM on September 10th and a mobile poll will be at the Rod McGillivary Care Home, The Pas Corrections, and The Pas Hospital on September 17th.


For more information about the election call 204-620-2998 or 204-627-7130

The Pas Release a Memory Event Set for September 4th

The Town of The Pas’ Release a Memory Event will be held on September 4th this year.


The purpose of the event is to bring remembrance to the loss of loved ones and this year they will be releasing flower pods into the bank of the Saskatchewan River.


The cost is two dollars per pod and the event will be at the Devon Park lookout at 7PM.


If you wish to take part in the event you are asked to sign up at The Town of The Pas Administration Office by 4PM on September 3rd.

Breast Cancer Screening in The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Residents of The Pas and area are reminded that the BreastCheck Manitoba Mobile Unit is in The Pas from now until the 23rd at The Pas Health Complex parking lot.


They will also be on Opaskwayak Cree Nation at The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre on August 26th until the 28th to provide screening for breast cancer.


Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among woman and early screening increases the chances of survival.


To book an appointment call 1-855-952-4325

Opaskwayak Indian Days Parade Winners

The winners of this year’s Opaskwayak Indian Days parade have been announced.


In the Commercial Category Aseneskak Casino won first place, The Bear Clan Patrol won second place, and the OCN Blizzard won third place.


In the Non Commercial Category Courtney Cousins and Friendship Centre took first place, The UCN Stages Program placed second, and NRC Juliana Cook won third.


In the Family Category the Young and Whitehead family won first place, Dylan Sinclair and family won second place, and the Cowley Asmus family won third place.


In the Princess Category Brailyn Martin won first, Tenielle Easter won second and Veda Pegalo won third.


The winner of the Adult Bike Category was Elizabeth Leaske and the winners in the kids bike category were Phoenix Muswagon, Abby McGillivary, and Napesis Neeposh, Toussaint Potan.


Arctic Radio would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s parade and those that participated. Opaskwayak Indian Days will wrap up on Sunday.

House Fire and Forest First Prevention Tips

With forest fire season underway our local fire prevention officer Cody Langlois spoke to Arctic Radio News to give some fire prevention and safety tips.


He says if you are farmer planning to burn in the fields you are required to inform the RM office before hand and to never leave a fire unattended and avoid burning on windy days.


If you are camping make sure your campfire is fully extinguished before you leave the area and don’t allow children to play near the fire. 


It’s also a good idea for home owners to keep their driveways clear at least four metres wide and five metres high to help accommodate emergency vehicles and to avoid planting evergreen trees near your home as these trees are more flammable.


When you store your firewood store it at least 10 metres away from your home and keep the first one to three metres around the base of your home clear of fuel.


If you are smoking make sure that you butt out in an approved smoking container as lit cigarettes can spread fire very quickly.



Niki Ashton MP Report on Churchill

Niki Ashton’s latest MP report said the news of grain being shipped through the bay line and Port of Churchill is a good example of perseverance and resilience.


The report said that when the previous owners shut it down the people of Churchill and all along the bay line did not give up and the renewed grain shipment sends a message to the world that Churchill is back and ready to take on the world.

The Pas Committee for Woman in Crisis Aurora House and My Sisters House Annual General Meeting

The Pas Committee for woman in Crisis Aurora House and My Sisters House will be having their annual general meeting on September 10th at Good Thymes Restaurant at 6:30 in the evening.  


At the AGM they will elect new board members who will be in charge of developing the policies of the shelter to ensure they are accountable to their funders and to ensure that the best practices are utilized for clients that use their service.


If you are interested in becoming a board member or if you are interested in attending the meeting you are asked to RSVP by August 30th.


If you want to be on the board but can't make the meeting you can send a letter of intent to


For more information call Dawna Pritchard at 204-623-7427.

Manitoba Election Advanced Polls

In preparation for the September 10th Manitoba election advanced polls will be open from August 29th until September 5th locally.


Advance polls will be at the Otineka Mall between warehouse one and family foods on most of these days from 8 AM until 8PM except for September First where the polls will be open from 12PM until 6PM.


Advance Polls will also be held at 209 Fischer Avenue from August 29th until September 5th but its not known when these polls will be open.


Advance polls will also be open at the Carrot Valley Community Centre on September 2nd from 8AM till 8PM.



Opaskwayak Indian Days Day 2

The 54th annual Opaskwayak Indian Days began yesterday and will run until Sunday.


Some of today’s events include a sasquatch dress contest, a couples game night, and a call of the wild. These events will be held at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.


More details on events and festivities can be found at the Opaskwayak Indian day’s Facebook page.

PC E-Town Halls

The Manitoba PCs are hosting e-town halls leading up to the provincial election.


Party Leader Brian Pallister says its part of continuous efforts to hear from and talk to Manitobans about the issues that matter to them, as they get a chance to directly speak to him and other candidates.


The calls will be a randomized dial out to thousands of phone numbers across the province.


People who wish to participate in the e-town halls can email their contact information to


Arctic Radio reached out to the Manitoba Liberal and NDP Party and they said their members have been visiting communities in their ridings in person.

Town of The Pas Offers Condolences to the Family of the Victim Found in the Community

A statement from The Pas mayor Herb Jacques was posted on The Town of The Pas Community Updates Facebook page to offer condolences to the family of the victim that was found near the University College of the North recently.


The statement said that they are confident that the RCMP will be able to complete their investigation into this tragedy and what happened does not represent who we are as a community.


On the evening on August the 6th the RCMP responded to a call of possible human remains near UCN and the investigation to determine what happened is still ongoing.


The identity of the victim and the cause of death are not known at this time.


The Importance of Churchill was the Focus of a Meeting in Flin Flon

The Hudson Bay Route Association held their 76th annual meeting in Flin Flon under the theme Back On Track.  The Association is an advocacy group promoting the use of the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay Rail Line.


Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr praised the Arctic Gateway Group partnership’s role in re-opening the Port and the rail line after they closed. 


He said the Churchill deal would never have happened without the entrepreneurial support that came from Fairfax and AGT, it never would have happened without the strength courage and tenacity of Mayor Mike Spence and other communities up and down the line and Indigenous leadership.


Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey suggested it’s time to look at not only what we ship out of the Port but what we can bring in adding the rail line should be expanded to connect other northern communities.

Flin Flon Constituency Has a Liberal Candidate

On Friday a Liberal Candidate Jim Lindsay was selected for the Flin Flon Constituency for the upcoming provincial election.


A news release states that Lindsay is currently a resident of Lynn Lake having spent many years living in Flin Flon. 


Lindsay worked as a teacher in Nelson House and Cranberry Portage before settling down in Lynn Lake in 2004 and from 2012 to 2017 he served as the Mayor of the Town of Lynn Lake where he was able to provide the town with leadership at a time when it was about to lose one of its lifelines in its airport.


As of news time no Liberal candidate for The Pas Kameesak riding has been announced.


RCMP Find Two Bodies in Northern Manitoba

RCMP officers located two male bodies this morning near Gillam.


They are believed to be the bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky the two teenage murder suspects from British Columbia.


An autopsy will be conducted to confirm if the bodies belong to the two suspects.

The Pas RCMP Respond to Found Human Remains

On August 6, 2019, at 7:50 pm, officers from The Pas RCMP Detachment responded to a call of possible human remains located near the University College of the North.

The identity of the remains is unknown at this time.

The Pas RCMP along with our Major Crime Services, Forensic Identification Services and the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office continue to investigate.

Updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Ponton service station is in the process of being rebuilt

The general manager of the Ponton Service Station says there are plans in motion to rebuild the rest stop.


Audrey Ducharme explains that phase one of the new facility is complete, and that the next step is to set up the water, sewage, and gas systems.


She adds that they’re looking to adding electric vehicle charging stations at the new rest stop.


The Ponton Service Station burned last year, leaving many people traveling to and from Thompson without a rest area until Grand Rapids.


Ducharme says that not only was the destruction of the station a loss for travelers, but also Cross Lake First Nation, as 14 members of the community were employed at the facility.


While an exact date of the opening of the new station wasn’t discussed, Ducharme explains that Cross Lake is working around the clock to ensure the new service station is fully operational as soon as possible.

The Pas Families Building a Better Community Receives $5000 from The RM of Kelsey

The Pas Families Building a Better Community recently received a $5000 donation from the RM of Kelsey.


This funding will go towards making upgrades to the benches and equipment at Centennial Park.


Davide Novo the president of The Pas Families BBC told Arctic Radio News that they are very grateful for the donation and they are grateful that the RM of Kelsey sees the community value that the park brings.


Novo added that they hope to have The Pas Spray Park opened this weekend and an official announcement is expected very soon.

Operations are Good at The Pas and Area Animal Shelter

According to an email sent to the Arctic Radio newsroom, operations at The Pas and Area Animal Shelter are going well.


The shelter is located in the old Kelsey Glass Building near Good Thymes and its open Wednesday evenings this month from 6:30 until 8:00.


The next step for the shelter is to set up quarantine rooms so they can start taking dogs in their building. The shelter will need donations in order to make this happen.


The shelter also needs donations of kitten kibble.

You can keep up to date with the shelter online on their Facebook page

University College of The North Receives Federal Funding for Programs

The Government of Canada is investing up to 4.9 Million dollars for six projects in Manitoba with the goal of building an inclusive and empowering economy. Some of this funding will go towards projects at the University College of the North.


UCN president and Vice Chancellor Doug Lauvstad says this gives UCN the opportunity to take an active role in economic development for Northern Manitoba.


Most of the funding will go towards a business incubator that will help entrepreneurs with setting up there business, marketing, and making connections.


$250,000 will go towards establishing a Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative for The Pas and surrounding communities. The project will help with youth that are interested in starting their own businesses.



MP Niki Ashton Urging CRTC to Ensure Quality Internet Access for The North

Our Local MP Niki Ashton recently submitted a letter to the CRTC urging them to ensure quality internet access for Northern Manitoba residents.


Ashton says she has heard from people who have been impacted by inadequate internet service and residents from Cross Lake and Snow Lake have said that a lack of internet access is hurting people.


According to Ashton’s letter having quality internet is important for small business to connect with their customers, for students to do research and for families to stay connected.

Breast Cancer Screening in The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Early screening for breast cancer saves lives, that’s why the BreastCheck Manitoba Mobile Unit will be in The Pas from August 8th until the 23rd at The Pas Health Complex parking lot and on Opaskwayak Cree Nation at The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre on August 26th until the 28th.


Dena Johnson a community contact for Cancer Care Manitoba spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among woman and early screening increases the chances of survival. Johnson is a breast cancer survivor and her cancer was first discovered at a local BreastCheck screening.


To book an appointment call 1-855-952-4325

Missing Mafeking Girl Found Safe

CJAR News has been notified that Hailey Atkinson Cote the missing girl from Mafeking has been found safe.


Ashley Atkinson would like to thank everyone that assisted in the search and for their support.

The Pas RCMP Looking For Missing Woman

On July 26, 2019, at 2:45 pm, The Pas RCMP received a report of a missing 18-year-old female from the community. Kendara Ballantyne was last seen July 18 at 5:00 pm walking down Cathedral Avenue in The Pas.


Ballantyne is described as 5’0”, 135 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. She was last seen wearing black sweat pants, a black shirt and wearing shoes. She’s believed to possibly be in the city of Winnipeg.


The RCMP are asking anyone with information to call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6200, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at

36 Year Old Man Arrested In Relation to Tuesdays Police Standoff

More details have emerged from Tuesday morning’s police standoff here in The Pas. A report came in around 5:30AM of a man with a firearm at a residence on Head Avenue.


When police attended the scene they surrounded the home while attempting to make contact with him.


Officers spoke with the man and after several hours they convinced him to surrender.


The 36 year old man who has not yet been identified was arrested and he faces several weapons charges.

National Cree Gathering Unity Run

The National Cree Gathering Unity Run began its march to the National Cree Gathering in Fisher River Cree Nation yesterday.


According to Lori Lathlin from Opaskwayak Cree Nation The purpose of the unity run and the gathering is to awaken the sleeping giant which means to teach youth in the Cree community about Cree traditions, culture, and their spiritual way of life so they can pass the knowledge over to the next generation.


The National Cree Gathering was spearheaded on Opaskwayak Cree Nation in 1996 by the late Nathan McGillivray, Elders Moses and Mabel Bignell, Oliver Bignell and the late Larry Dorion.


The gathering runs from now until Sunday.


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