The Pas Local News Archives for 2019-10

Christ Church Anglican The Pas Priest Moving to Kenora

Rebecca Graham the priest of Christ Church Anglican The Pas will be leaving at the end of the year to take on a new position in Kenora at St Albans Cathedral. 


Graham has been active here in The Pas since 2010 and when asked about her favourite part about working in The Pas, she said that she admired all of the people that came together to do what’s needed in the community and for the wider world.


Grahams last Sunday at the church will be on December 22nd and her last service will be held on Christmas Eve.

Donations Still Being Accepted for We Scare Hunger at Northland Ford

Residents of The Pas and area are reminded that donations of non perishable food items are still being accepted at Northland Ford for “We Scare Hunger” and today is the last day to drop off donations.


Donated items will go towards local food banks in The Pas and area and school breakfast programs.


Along with non perishable food items they are also looking for donations of paper plates, disposable bowls, napkins, and cutlery for the breakfast programs.


Cash donations will also be accepted.


Donations can be dropped off at Northland Ford until 6PM tonight.


Bear Clan Patrol The Pas Halloween Patrol

Bear Clan Patrol The Pas will be patrolling the street tomorrow night to ensure that all the trick or treaters have a safe Halloween.


The members will be wearing their patrol vests so they can be indentified and people are encouraged to approach these members if they have any concerns while on the streets.


They will also be on the lookout for crimes in progress and will report them to the RCMP or intervene if it is safe to do so.


Michelle would like to remind trick or treaters to look both ways before crossing the street, to be aware of your surroundings, and to avoid trick or treating alone.

OCN Land Authority By-Election Nomination Meeting

Opaskwayak Cree Nation will be having a by-election for one land authority member and the nomination meeting will be held at the Kikiwak Inn tonight from 6 until 9PM.


The election date is December 4th from 9AM until 8PM and the polls will be at the Otineka Mall.


For more information call 204-627-7148.

Resident Address Town Council Regarding an Incident Involving his Daughter

Resident Craig Kaskie spoke to The Pas Mayor and Council during Monday’s council meeting to address an incident involving his daughter on the streets.


Kaskie says about three weeks ago his daughter was walking home and she was jumped by three girls and they beat her up badly. Kaskie talked to the police and found out that two other girls were beaten up the same night.


During the meeting it was brought up that most of the reported fighting occurs between Kelsey School and the railway tracks and that more patrols should be done by the RCMP in that area since The RCMP have six surveillance cameras’ and only one is working.


Kaskie believes that it would be prudent to have the bear clan or a neighbourhood watch group to patrol in the area to keep people safe and to set up more cameras.


Charges were filed against the girls involved in the attack but so far they have not been followed up on.

OCN Junior Chief and Council Results

The results of Opaskwayak Cree Nations Junior Chief and Council election have been released and Nicole Tornquist was elected junior chief with 54 votes.


Her opponent April Harris received 14 votes.


The election was held on Saturday and six young council members were elected as well, a complete list of results can be found on the Opaskwayak Ininew Facebook page.


Junior Chief and Council provides youth with an opportunity to learn about local politics and how decisions are made in the community.

Opakswayak Cree Nations Cannabis Industry Investments Paying Off

Recreational Cannabis has been legal in Canada now for a year and Opaskwayak Cree Nation has made lots of investments in the new industry and they are now officially the largest legal cannabis holder in the world.


When they made their first investment with META it was the first time that a first nation became a majority share holder of a publically traded company.


Making investments in the cannabis industry has put OCN in a strong financial position and has helped the community to pay off some debts and make investments into other areas such as renovations to houses and repairs to buildings.


With about 2.5 Million dollars remaining, a strategic planning exercise is expected to be held in November to determine the needs of the community and how the money should be used.

21st Annual Manitoba Tourism Awards

Last month, Travel Manitoba announced the winners of the 21st annual Manitoba Tourism Awards which took place at a gala dinner in Winnipeg.


Nine awards were given out and Opaskwayak Indian Days Won the Indigenous Tourism Award. 


The awards are in recognition of contributions to the provinces tourism industry.


The awards were presented by Blaine Pederson the Minister of Growth, Enterprise, and Trade, and Stuart Murray the Chair of Travel Manitoba’s Board of Directors.

Manitoba 150 Deadlines for Submissions

The Manitoba 150 Host Committee is reminding Manitobans of the deadlines for the Honour 150 and Celebrate 150 programs.


The Celebrate 150 program invites non profit organizations, municipalities and First Nations to apply for funding for celebrations such as concerts, art shows, and food festivals to celebrate Manitobans 150th Anniversary. The deadline to apply is November 12th.


The Pas Regional Library and The Sam Waller Museum are planning to hold events for Manitoba 150.


The Honour 150 program invites nominations of Manitobans that have given back to their community. The nominations must be in by January 31st.


More information about these two programs can be found at

Northern Voices Wrap-Up

The National Screen Institute’s New Northern Voices program at UCN The Pas Campus wrapped up last week.


Ten northern Manitoba students took part in the four-week pilot program where students learned to develop storytelling skills across film, TV, and digital media.


One participant from Thompson Tricia Bland found out about the program through social media and she hopes the program is brought back soon and be made available in Thompson, as there are many people with storytelling potential in the city.


One of the main purposes of the program was to help creators produce stories from a northern Manitoba perspective and Bland has always been interested in helping people, and found storytelling through art and media to be a compelling way to reach out.


Donations Still Being Accepted for We Scare Hunger at Northland Ford

Donations of non perishable food items are still being accepted at Northland Ford for “We Scare Hunger”.


The donations will go towards local food banks in The Pas and area and school breakfast programs.


Along with non perishable food items they are asking for donations of paper plates, disposable bowls, napkins, and cutlery for the breakfast programs.


Cash donations will also be accepted.


Donations can be dropped off at northland ford until November 1st or call Sierra at 204-623-4350 for more information.


Flu Shot Clinic at the Legion Today

Residents of The Pas and area are reminded that there will be a flu shot clinic today at the Legion from 10 AM until 5:30 PM.


Clinics will also be held at the Roy H Johnston Arena on October 28th, November 4th and the 18th from 1PM until 5:30 PM


People who are planning to get their flu shot must bring their Manitoba Health Card.


The Northern Health Region and Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living are encouraging everyone to get their flu shot.

Plans in The Works to Have An Autism Sensory Friendly Fire Hall Visit

Local autism mom Melanie Young recently conducted a presentation for The Pas Fire Department about autism.


One of the things that Young told the fire department is that if a child lacks eye contact with another person, that could be a sign off autism and it does not mean they are being evasive.


Young is currently working towards having a sensory friendly fire hall visit for children and adults with autism and to give them an opportunity to meet people that can help them in an emergency.


It would give people on the autism spectrum an opportunity to learn about the fire department with limited lighting and noise as certain sights and sounds can be overwhelming for people on the spectrum.  


The sirens and lights will be left off until the very end so families can leave ahead of time if they wanted, as these elements can sometimes be overwhelming for autistic people.


If you would like to work with Young to organize a sensory friendly fire hall visit call her at 204-623-3187.

Niki Ashton Wins Re-Election

Niki Ashton is returning to Ottawa as a four-term Member of Parliament.


Ashton won her seat for the Churchill Keewatinook Aski riding by defeating Judy Klassen of the Liberals, Cyara Bird of the Conservatives, Ken Klyne of the Peoples’ Party of Canada and Ralph McLean of the Green Party.


Nationally, the Liberals came away with a minority government.


Northern Learning and Support Centre Knowledge Cafe

From November 5th until the 7th from 1 until 3PM the Northern Learning and Support Centre is inviting you to take part in recorded interviews from an Parenting Autism Summit.


Penny Williams, a Parenting ADHD and Autism Trainer, along with 28 autism and parenting experts will provide information on how to parent your children, how to teach social skills, how to deal with issues at school, and how to empower your child for success.


Each recorded interview will begin at the top of the hour. If you are interested in participating call 204-620-5775

RCMP Provides Eagle Feathers For Legal Proceedings

Since January 22nd, Manitoba’s RCMP detachments have provided eagle feathers as a way for those involved in legal proceedings to affirm, and The Pas RCMP detachment is one of them. 


Special Constable Rob Cleveland says the eagle feather is a powerful symbol in the culture of the Indigenous Peoples of North America.


It symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power and freedom.

Business, Citizen, and Neighbour of the Year Awards

The Business, Citizen, and Neighbour of the Year Award winners have been announced.


The Business of the Year Award went to Northern Lights, Dollar and More, a business that was recognized for opening their doors after hours when something needs to be done, along with making donations to groups that need help, and for having friendly staff.


Brenda and Lawrence Garand received the Neighbor of the Year award in recognition for helping neighbours to mow lawns and to house sit.


The Citizen of the Year award went to Linda Michelle a local nurse that worked to bring the Bear Clan to The Pas.


There will be a special luncheon at the Kikiwak Inn on Oct 26th to celebrate the award winners from 1-3PM. Tickets are 20 dollars and they can be purchased at CJAR, Opasquia Times, or by calling 204-623-7256.

September Monthly Mayor Reports

Septembers Monthly Mayor reports have been released. The Pas had 134 disturbances of the peace, 110 mischief cases, 143 prisoners held, and a handful of other offenses such as theft and provincial traffic violations.


The RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations a total of 90, and Cormorant had one assault, one break and enter, one case of mischief, and one disturbance of the peace.


Flu Shot Clinics in The Pas

With flu season underway, the Northern Health Region and Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living are encouraging everyone to get their flu shot.


The NHR says the annual flu vaccine is especially important for those at an increased risk of serious illness from the flu, including people age 65 and older, children six to 59 months of age, those with chronic illness, and pregnant women.


Residents of The Pas and area will be able to get their flu shots this Thursday at the Legion from 10 AM until 5:30 PM, and clinics will be held at the Roy H Johnston Arena on October 28th, November 4th and the 18th from 1PM until 5:30 PM


People who are planning to get their flu shot are reminded to bring their Manitoba Health Card.


You can find the full NHR Flu Clinic schedule at

Wadelius Drive Report Brought up at Kelsey School Division Meeting

Kelsey School Division Chair Vaughn Wadelius spoke to Arctic Radio news to discuss what was brought up at their most recent meeting.


One of the items brought forward was Wadelius Drive a road that has severe drainage issues which is the reason why the road is so rough and in bad shape.


Last spring, the school division used their budget to hire an engineering firm from Winnipeg to conduct a study on the drainage area.


The report on Wadelius Drive is expected to be received by the end of the month.

Cyara Bird Talks About her Campaign

Cyara Bird the conservative candidate for our federal riding made a stop in The Pas on Wednesday and took the time to speak to Arctic Radio about her campaign.


Bird says she has had a really good time visiting communities, knocking on doors and listening to everyone’s concerns.


Bird believes that our north has been ignored for a really long time and that has to change.


One of Birds goals is to ensure that people are attracted to Northern Manitoba with positive attention.


She also wants to end the water and housing crisis, improve rail transport in Northern Manitoba, and she would like to see more land based camps for indigenous addictions services that are based on the fundamentals of indigenous culture.





Photo Courtesy of Twitter

The Pas Resident Demands Change Regarding People Causing Mischief on the Streets

The Pas Resident, Michelle Langlois Ruston attended Tuesday night’s town council meeting to address the fact that people on the streets are still causing mischief and property damage in town.


When she moved back to The Pas from Yorkton she said she was very sad to see the state the community is in and that people have been creating mischief, partying, and destroying property near her house.


Langlois Rushton would like to get together with other residents of the area to try to work out a solution to this problem. You can call her at 306-620-8344 if you are interested in working with her.


She is planning to attend the next council meeting on October 28th.

Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn come to The Pas / Opaskwayak for a Great Show!


Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn stopped in for a show at OCN Veterans Hall and they did not dissapoint. 


Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have country music in their blood. The grandchildren of famed duo Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, the two have taken to the road to honor their grandparents in an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have seen great success with their Tribute to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty; going into their second year together, the duo already has at least two dozen tour dates set throughout much of North America and Canada.

Though Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty are singing their grandparent’s songs, there is no “second best” quality to the artists. Lynn and Twitty have developed an authentic show that builds off of their family histories without attempting to simply duplicate older performances.


In perfect foil to one another, Tre Twitty takes a calm, methodical approach to his storytelling and performing, meanwhile Tayla Lynn arrives on stage, often unexpectedly, with explosive energy and heart. Trying to keep one’s eyes on Tayla Lynn is like trying to lasso a firework; guessing where she’ll appear and what will come out of her mouth next is half the fun of spending an evening with her. Her joy is genuine, her energy addictive, and Twitty provides the perfect balance of steadiness in the eye of her hurricane- not unlike the way Conway Twitty related to and tempered Loretta Lynn for so many years.


With a heavy emphasis on story-telling, the duo delight audiences for two-and-a-half hours with their live show. For most artists this wouldn’t work; people pay to hear singers sing. For Lynn and Twitty, half the magic is in the storytelling. Through their memories of Memaw and Poppy, as they call their grandparents, audiences are reminded in the best ways possible that behind every icon is a dynamic, funny, flawed human being. The show takes on the quality of a family get together, and it often feels more like one is on the front porch with guitars and old family hymns than it does a concert with two hundred of one’s nearest and dearest strangers. It is a fascinating opportunity to see two of country music’s greatest legends through their grandchildren’s eyes. By the end of the evening audiences have not only been able to hear some of their favorite songs and the duo’s best hits, but they’ve been invited in to the inner sanctum of these two musical dynasties to laugh and cry and understand what it was like to grow up under the tutelage of Loretta and Conway.


The high-energy, heartfelt show highlights not only the bond Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty had as best friends and musical partners, but the unique bond Tayla and Tre have formed through years of an intertwined family history and their own musical relationship.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Council Portfolio Assignments

The first meeting of the newly elected council for Opaskwayak Cree Nation was held on Tuesday and a motion was carried to give each elected Onuschekew with a portfolio assignment.


Re elected members Jennifer Flett, Shorty Lathlin, and Edwin Jebb will focus on Education, Health, and Child and Family Services respectively.


Samantha Fidler was assigned to the Paskwayak Business Development Corporation, Sidney Ballantyne was assigned to Government Services BDA, Maureen Brown was assigned to operations admin, Rick Constant was assigned to Lands and Natural Resources, and Clarence Constant was assigned to infrastructure.

No Decision yet on What to Do With the Walking Paths on Cudmore, Harvey, and Trager

During Tuesday night’s committee of the whole meeting an issue sheet was brought forward regarding the issues with the walkways on Cudmore Crescent, Harvey Place, and Trager Drive here in The Pas.


A few months ago residents came forward asking for these walkways to be closed because they were hotspots for vandals and people causing mischief.


A committee was formed of a few council members and people opposed too and in favour of closing these walkways to work out a solution.


At first they came up with the idea of putting up fencing along these walking paths but they decided not to go forward with this idea.


Some of the options for dealing with these walkways are to leave them as they are or close them and the matter is expected to be discussed again on October 28th.

Blaine Pedersen Announces the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund For The Mining Industry

Yesterday, Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen was in The Pas to announce the Manitoba Mineral Development fund.


The fund is worth 20 million dollars that will be put towards the mining industry and it will be managed by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce who will decide how the money will be dispersed on an annual basis.


Pedersen said the old community mining reserve fund that would put money into communities where mining stopped was ineffective, but with this fund it’s more proactive where you can build business in communities in preparation for the mining industry to come.


The announcement was made at the Metis Hall where a Linkages forum was being held. Linkages, is a program that is jointly sponsored by UCN, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, and Look North which focuses on how to develop businesses and entrepreneurship in the north.

Rhonda Head Wins Indigenous Leader Award

Local Musician Rhonda Head is the winner of the Indigenous Leadership Award at the 2019 Woman of Inspiration Awards.


The award was given out by a group called “Canadian Business Chicks” and this year they decided to honour Indigenous woman at this year’s awards.


She was recruited to be nominated for the award and after a long application process she received her nomination.


Head went on to say that it was very humbling and exciting to receive the award and that it was a huge honour.


She was recognized for her talent in music and for persevering through the setbacks in her health, and for her work as an advocate and humanitarian.

OCN Natural Recourses Holding a Land Use Planning Workshop

OCN Natural Resourses will be having a land use workshop from October 25th until the 27th and they are looking for participants.


The workshop will be held at Bakers Narrows Lodge and refreshments and transportation will be provided.


The goal of the workshop is to go over ideas on what’s needed for OCNs land use plan.


The deadline to sign up is October 21st at 4:30 and you can call 204-627-7111 to sign up.

Rhonda Head to Give a Benefit Concert for Families Displaced By Southern Manitoba Snow Storm

Local musician Rhonda Head announced that she will be putting on a benefit concert for indigenous families that have been displaced by the recent winter storm that hit Manitoba.


Head says that she is a humanitarian and putting on this concert comes from the goodness of her heart to help her people.


She has already put out a call to artists to perform at the concert and the next step is to secure a date and a venue for the event. The concert is expected to be held somewhere in Winnipeg.


People in the pas and area can make personal donations for the cause by calling head at 204-620-2650.


Proceeds raised will be going towards the Southern Chiefs Organization who have been working around the clock to assist displaced indigenous families that were sent to Winnipeg.

Special Workshop Being Held at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre

A special one day workshop with a focus on strengthening relationships with HIV and mental health services will be offered at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centres classroom on November 6th.


The course will run from 9:30 AM until 4PM and lunch will be provided and the course will cover things like building communication and listening skills, and the importance of self care.


The program is being put on by charity called “Realize”, a group dedicated to fostering positive changes for people living with HIV and other disorders.


To sign up for the course call 204-627-7410.


Opaskwayak Junior Chief and Council Election Preliminaries

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation Junior Chief and Council election will be held on October 26th and two candidates have accepted their nominations for the chief position. The two candidates running for chief are April Harris and Nicole Tornquist.


As of news time, six of the councillor candidates have accepted their nominations.


The final list of candidates is expected to be released tomorrow. The overall goal of Junior Chief and Council is give youth an idea of how local politics work and how decisions are made in their community.

NDP Unveils Commitments Towards Reconciliation of Indigenous Peoples

The NDP’s recently unveiled their commitments to reconciliation. The plan outlines how the NDPs will work towards true reconciliation with indigenous peoples in Northern Manitoba and across the country.


Part of the commitments to reconciliation involves moving forward in partnership with indigenous peoples, ensuring they have access to essential services, creating jobs, and acting on the urgency of climate change.


Our local MP Niki Ashton stated that the NDP will place reconciliation at the heart of what we do for our North.

Canada Post Community Foundation Provides Gives Cheques to Uptown Day Care

Canada Post and the Canada Post Community Foundation provided the Uptown Day Care here in The Pas with a cheque of over $4000.


The cheque was presented to them by Tammy Green the Superintendent of Thompson and Northern Manitoba Canada Post offices and Anita Genaille  the Lead Hand of The Pas Canada Post Office.


Brenda Forster, the director of the Uptown Day Care said it was fantastic to receive this grant and they will be using the funding for their breakfast and snack program to provide the children with a healthy start to their day.


118 organizations across Canada are receiving these grants and the goal of these grants is to build a better, safer, and supportive community for Canadian Kids.

Federal Election Advanced Polls

Advanced polls for the 2019 federal election will open tomorrow and will run until Monday from 9AM until 9PM.


The advanced polls will be held here in The Pas at 328 Fisher Avenue and this will give you the opportunity to vote before the set Election Day of October 21st


You must be registered to vote and you must bring at least one piece of government issued photo ID or two pieces of ID that contains your name and address.


Visit for more information.

Items Stolen From Simonhouse Bible Camp

Simonhouse Bible Camp has announced on their Facebook page that several items were stolen from the camp.


If you have any information about this theft you are asked to call 204-472-4040.


Donations of cash are being accepted to replace the stolen items and they can be sent via e transfer to


Simonhouse Bible Camp is located near Cranberry Portage.


Here is a photo of some of the items stolen.


The Pas Council Calls a Special Meeting Updated

An unexpected meeting of town council was called for Monday night.


It has been reported that the meeting was called in regards to The Towns Chief Administrative Officer parting ways with The Town of The Pas


Jenn Early will be the acting CAO until further notice.

IIU investigating death while in police custody

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) is investigating the death of a 54-year-old-male following his arrest by RCMP in The Pas.

On October 6, 2019, the IIU was notified by the RCMP of the following incident: On October 5, officers  responded to an intoxicated person call, arrested a male, and lodged him in cells in the RCMP detachment in The Pas around 7:00 p.m. Officers checked on the individual in the early hours of October 6 and found him unresponsive.  EMS attended and pronounced the male deceased.

The IIU has assumed responsibility for this investigation in accordance with section 65(1) of The Police Services Act. As this matter involves a fatality, a request for a civilian monitor will be made to the Manitoba Police Commission.  

Witnesses or other individuals who have information or video footage that may assist this investigation are asked to contact the IIU toll free at 1-844-667-6060.

The Pas and Area Animal Shelter Fundraising Results

Jimmy the Janitor performed at the Guy Hall on Friday night here in The Pas as part of The Pas and Area Animal Shelters fundraiser.


Overall, the fundraiser was a big success with about $2000 raised. Jimmy the Janitor made audiences laugh with some funny jokes and audience members had a chance to win some great prizes as well.


You can keep up to date with The Pas and Area Animal Shelter on their Facebook page.

Fire Prevention Week 2019

As part of fire prevention week The Pas Fire Chief Randy Manych spoke to Arctic Radio to provide some safety tips.


When planning your escape in case of a fire, it’s important to ensure you have two ways out and that your front and back doors are accessible at all times.


It is also important to arrange a meeting place when you evacuate your home this way you can ensure that everyone is safe and accounted for.


It’s also important to have working smoking alarms to alert you when there is a fire, and because of home construction these days fires burn a lot faster and our time to escape is limited.

Liberal Candidate Judy Klassen's Statement on Planned Appeal for Compensation of First Nations Children

Judy Klassen the Liberal Candidate Running for the Churchill Keewatinook Aski riding released a statement regarding the Trudeau Governments decision to appeal a Canadian Human Rights tribunal ruling that ordered Ottawa to pay compensation to first nation’s children and their families that were separated by the child welfare system.


She stated that they believe that collaboration rather than litigation is the best way to advance reconciliation and in moving forward with compensation its critical to sit down and have these conversations with our partners something that isn’t possible during an election.


Klassen stated that she agrees with the need for compensation and that it should be part of the healing process to those that have experienced significant wrongs.


Klassen is committed to ensuring that these conversations occur in a way that will focus on reconciliation and healing if elected as MP.

Opasquia Trails Receives Funding For Design Phase of the Grace Lake Boardwalk

Opasquia Trails has received funding from two local partners to complete the design phase of the Grace Lake Board Walk.


University College of the North and The Pas Community Renewal Corporation each contributed $5000 towards the project.


Shawn Sexsmith of the Kelsey Conservation District stated in a news release that the boardwalk will allow school children to learn about what inhabits the lake and how the animals inhabiting the lake impact our daily lives.


The board walk will begin at the Kelsey Conservation District Office and end 400 metres north at a Boreal Discovery Trail.


Opasquia Trails is a non profit organization dedicated to building educational and recreational trails near The Pas and OCN.

Operation Christmas Child 2019

Operation Christmas Child is a program that provides children in third world countries with a Christmas present to ensure they have a happy holiday season with the help of community members throughout Canada.


Over 157 million shoeboxes full of toys and other items have been sent to children over the past 26 years and this year shoes boxes from Canada will be sent to countries in Central America and Africa.


Shoe boxes and information pamphlets will be made available at Grub Box, The Pas Regional Library, The Pas Alliance Church, and other churches in the area very soon for you to put together a fun package for a child in need.


Boxes can be dropped off at participating locations from November 18th until the 24th.


Additional information about Operation Christmas Child can be found at

Nominations Open for the 2019 Citizen and Business of the Year Award

Nominations are open for the 2019 Citizen and Business, and Neighbour of the year award.


Nominations are open to all businesses and citizens from The Pas, OCN, and the RM of Kelsey.


The nomination forms can be picked up at the CJAR station at third street west and the deadline to submit applications is October 16th at 4PM.


Eligibility details are included in the nomination forms.

Kin Canada Bursary Applications

If you are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada that’s in the process of graduating high school or if you’re registered or studying at a post secondary school you can apply for a Kin Canada bursary.


The Pas Kinsmen and Kinettes are encouraging students of Margret Barbour Collegiate, Oscar Lathlin Collegiate, Kelsey Learning Centre, and UCN to apply.


Students that that already won a Kin Canada Bursary are not eligible.


Application forms can be submitted to The Pas Kinsmen or Kinette club and the deadline to apply is February 1st of 2020.


An application form can be found at

Conservative Candidate Cyara Bird Visits Flin Flon on Orange Shirt Day

Conservative candidate in Churchill Keewatinook Aski Cyara Bird was in Flin Flon on Orange Shirt Day Monday.  She says she decided to run as concerns in her community of Little Black River and surrounding communities were being ignored noting her community was without water for two weeks. 


She added there’s a lot of issues, there’s the lack of mental health services, the lack of addictions services, the natural resource development projects that are shutting down so we need to make sure that those people stay employed as our natural resource development in northern Manitoba is incredible, we’ve got something really good here and we need to make sure we’re strongly supporting the people who work for those projects.


Bird adds there’s a lot that needs to improve in our Indigenous communities and she wants to be the voice that brings these issues to the attention of the federal government and ensure that something is done.  Other candidates in the riding are Liberal Judy Klassen, NDP Niki Ashton, Peoples Party Ken Klyne and Green Party Ralph McLean.

Construction Safety Association of Manitoba Safety Training

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba will be offering safety training at the Kikiwak Inn on October 24th.


The training courses will go over developing safe work procedures and incident investigation and the courses are a good way to ensure that safety remains a priority when working on construction projects.


If you are interested in taking the courses visit


CSAM is a non profit organization run by the construction industry to develop practical solutions for a safer work place.

Manitoba 150 Celebration Grants

2020 is Manitoba’s 150th anniversary and the Manitoba 150 committee wants all Manitoba communities to start planning their celebrations.


Communities, First Nations, and non profit organizations can apply for funding to pay for a portion of their celebration events through the Celebrate 150 fund.


The deadline for applications is November 12th and application forms can be found at

Northland Ford Accepting Donations for "We Scare Hunger"

Northland Ford in The Pas is accepting donations of non perishable food items for “We Scare Hunger”. 


Ford Dealerships have had these food drives for a long time and they have gone a long way towards helping local food banks and other organizations.


In the past, Northland Ford has helped out with Oscars Place, School Breakfast programs, and UCN with these food donations and if you are a community organization that could use the help of this program you are asked to contact Keith Jaeger at 204-623-4350.


Donations of non perishable food items can be dropped off at Northland Ford.


OCN Junior Chief and Council Nomination Meeting

A nomination meeting for Opaskwayak Cree Nations Junior Chief and Council will be held at the OCN Youth Centre from 5 until 8PM on October 7th.


The purpose of having a Junior Chief and Council is to get youth involved in local politics and give them an idea of how decisions are made for their community.


There is one position for Junior Chief and six positions for Junior Councillor. Nominations are open to any OCN members aged 13 to 29 but minors 13-17 must have a permission slip signed by their parent or guardian in order to nominate, to be nominated, or to vote.


The election will be held on October 26th at the Youth Centre from 12PM to 7PM.

Amanda Lathlin Sworn in As Our MLA and as Critic for Families

Eighteen newly elected NDP candidates were sworn in last week as members of the Legislative Assembly to form Manitoba’s official opposition.


The NDP caucus is one of the most diverse in Manitoba’s history with six woman, five indigenous people, nine people of colour, and two openly gay members.


Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew stated that they plan to use every tool at their disposal to hold the Pallister Government to account.


Our local MLA, Critic for Families, and Deputy Whip of the Official Opposition Amanda Lathin was re-elected.

Chamber of Commerce Holds Business Hours Networking Event

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce held a Business After Hours Networking Event last Thursday at the Sam Waller Museum.


The goal of the afterhour’s event was to bring the chamber members together to talk about business in the community and it gave non-members an opportunity to see what the chamber has to offer and to get the word out that the chamber will be having these meetings on a monthly basis.


The next meeting is expected to be held at either Scotiabank or at Great North GM. They are hoping to have guest speakers at future meetings.


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