The Pas Local News Archives for 2023-02

Manitoba Metis Federation Father Son Program

Healthy growth for both parents and children is the goal of a father and son program that the Manitoba Métis Federation will be hosting.


The program will be running over an 8-week period through online zoom courses that will be offered for free.


It’s aimed at making responsible, conscious choices when it comes to being a positive role model for young children, and providing opportunities for dads to connect with their kids.


The program will be starting on March 7th, and will be running Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30, and is designed for fathers with children aged 3 to 6.

Find out more by contacting the Manitoba Métis Federation.

It Was a Good Weekend For a Winter Festival

The 44th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival had a busy and fun weekend. 


There were no fish caught in the Family Fishing Derby so draws were made with the first going to Brandon Ireland, second Mark Rae, third to Wes Majee and fourth Kadence Eyres. 


The youngest boy was awarded to nine-month-old Lynx Dease, the youngest girl one year-old Karenda Linklater and the oldest fisherman Dave Wasylciw.  Turkey curling was won by Chicken Ranch with Mark Rae, Yvette Rae, Tyson Rae and Brady Grant, second by Ace Holes with Mike Quesnel, Josh Wiegers, Ben Chernick and Alanna Scott and third by Chicken Choker Dale Holmgren, Debbie Knutson, Mike Durette and Rian Bayless.


The Festival opened with the Mushers Supper Friday evening along with a penny parade, children’s events, a cribbage tournament and trap setting races with Saturday starting out with a pancake breakfast with more children’s events, a hockey tournament, dog sled rides and a skating party wrapping up with the Snow Drags on Sunday.

RCMP's family Violence Initiative Fund Is Now Open

The application process for the RCMP’s family violence initiative fund is now open and running until March 10th.

The fund started in 2004 and last year helped fund 21 initiatives.

Money is being allocated for programs that promote awareness of relationship and family violence, assist victims of family and relationship violence, support RCMP crime prevention programs, and prevent crime in indigenous communities.

Last year, over 300 thousand dollars went to support programs.

Contact your local RCMP detachment for details.

Northern Tourist Attractions Have Received Federal Funding Support.

The Minister for Prairies Economic Development Canada Dan Vandal recently announced federal investments toward Manitoba tourism projects through the Tourism Relief Fund. 


Included was the funding of 99,999 dollars to Hill Valley Enterprises Limited Bakers Narrows Lodge to winterize 15 log cabins, construct an aurora pod for Northern Lights viewing, and hire new staff to support marketing and the growing number of guests during the winter season. 


Frontier North will receive similar funding to launch a zero-carbon, silent touring experience in Churchill by incorporating a new electric-powered Tundra Buggy into its fleet and Tourism Manitoba will receive just over 1.6 million dollars to focus on tourism development into key rural and northern destinations across the province. Other destinations receiving funding include Pinawa Unplugged, Elkhorn Ranch and Resort and the Manitoba Museum.


A release states Manitoba is home to world-class tourism attractions year round however once winter arrives both residents and visitors alike embrace a season rich with events and activities that cannot be held at any other time of year.

Workout Workshops Are Heading To The Pas In The Spring

In 2015,  a study by The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care showed that one-third of Canadian men and half of Canadian women are slightly overweight or hitting the obese mark.


That’s due to unhealthy lifestyles that include habits such as a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and drinking.


The Northern Health Region is partnering with the Wellness Institute of Winnipeg to offer workshops with the Get Better Together Program.

The program begins March 1, 2023, and will run for 6 weeks at the Library Annex.


It’s for individuals living with chronic health issues and will be led by trainers who are familiar with such conditions.


The program is free to attend but you need to register in advance to attend.


Contact Russell Thorne at 204-627-6419 or email r-t-h-o-r-n-e AT n-r-h-a DOT ca for details.

Another Trappers Festival Is In The Books

Over the course of last week was the 76th Trappers Festival, on Sunday Gloria Ballantyne – Packo is crowned the Fur Queen, with Cadence Easter and Airianna Bignell – Beardy being awarded the first and second princess.


Chris Perchaluk and Clarissa Burns took home this year’s king and queen trapper trophy; Carson Clemons and Hannah Mercredi have crowned the Junior King and Queen Trappers, and Annie Malo and Liam Connor took home the gold in their respected Dog Sled Race.


Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival would like to thank the sponsors that made this year’s festival possible and is looking forward to making the 2024 Trappers Festival happen once again.

The full event results can be found here

You Can Celebrate Winter at an Annual Festival This Weekend

The 44th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival runs through this weekend.  Recreation Director Mel Durette lists some of the highlights…..


“We’ll start off the Festival on Friday at 5 o’clock with the Musher’s supper followed by kid’s events at 7 o’clock.  There’ll be crib, turkey curling, the penny parade starts and will run until Saturday.  Saturday will be the pancake breakfast, family fishing derby and kids under 11 will be free sponsored by T&D Amisk Cabins, bingo at 12 and there’ll be a dog sled team to come in.  Instead of the horses this year we have a dog sled team and that will be from 2 to 4 down at the Beaver Lake Day grounds so people can get a free ride on the dog sled.  Skating party, hockey tournament and then Sunday we end it with the Snow Drags at the Beaver Lake Day grounds.”


You can find a complete list of events by visiting the Denare Beach Recreation Board Facebook page.

MMIW Workshop at Kikiwak Inn

There has been a decade-long fight for the safety of indigenous women and girls, As many as 4,000 Indigenous women and girls are believed to have been killed or gone missing in Canada over the past 30 years – although the true number of victims is unlikely ever to be known.


The Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison Unit present Akimimowin, a workshop session from the Decolonizing Anti-Indigenous Racism- Knowledge and Empowerment for Safety and Security Project. The workshop is for indigenous women aged twelve to seventy individuals who are impacted by MMIWG2S.


The workshop is taking place at the Kikiwak Inn from February 26- 28th. To register email Tobi Jolly at TOBI DOT JOLLY AT M-K-O NORTH.COM or 341-293-8242



Mayor Andre Murphy Report/Trappers Festival

Today is officially day one of the 76th  Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival and Mayor Andre Murphy, who’s in charge of the bannock slap hockey tournament and skills competition for the trapper’s festival, is asking for one more youth team for Friday’s rising stars tournament.

Here Mayor Murphy asks for another set of volunteers for the tournament.





On Monday, February 13th, the town of The Pas held their first council meeting of the month; Mayor Andre was able to give a report on some of the topics that were highlighted.


Mayor Murphy said they gave some recognition to the hard-working volunteers who made the trappers festival possible, and the others volunteering to help out with the high school provincial curling tournament this past weekend.


Murphy also talked about when citizens can talk during the citizen period of the council meeting.





The next annual meeting is February 27th

Manitoba has Announced Their Free Winter Family Fishing Weekend.

Manitobans will be able to try their luck ice fishing at many of the province's lakes and rivers during this year’s Winter Family Fishing Weekend. 


From Friday through Monday, anglers may fish without a license throughout the province except in national parks where a federal angling license is still required. 


Anglers may retain up to a conservation license limit of fish although regular limits apply for those who already have a regular angling license. All other angling regulations apply during the weekend.


Anglers are encouraged to check ice conditions before travelling onto the ice and it’s important to let someone know where you are fishing and wear appropriate clothing.


For information on all provincial fishing regulations refers to the Manitoba Angler’s Guide at  Families are also reminded to enjoy free admission to provincial parks this month

The 76th Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Begins Tomorrow

The 76th annual Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is almost here with opening ceremonies set to kick off the events tomorrow afternoon at the Tim Hortons Ice Capp located along the Saskatchewan River behind the Library.

That will be followed by the Torchlight parade in the evening, which will lead to a week's worth of events including the King and Queen Trapper competitions, as well as the junior competitions.


Dog sled races will begin on Thursday morning at the Halcrow lake start sight along Halcrow Avenue, with a shotgun starts on the world and Manitoba Championship dog sled race at 10 am.


The 169-kilometre race has been running for over 100 years and is run over 3 days.

6 dog, 4-dog, and junior races will also take place during the event.

Full event details can be found at

Childhood Education Program Has Received Full Approval.

The University College of the North Early Childhood Education Program has been granted full approval for five years from the province of Manitoba.  They note graduates of the full two year full time and workplace program will have obtained all Early Childhood Education Two licensing requirements.  They will be eligible to apply for an ECE Two license as full Early Childhood Educators for childcare facilities.


The College explains the ECE diploma is designed to maximize students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes required for employment and advancement in early childhood education.  Program graduates are prepared to provide quality care and education in various settings.  Emphasis is placed on learning within the context of Northern Manitoba and in particular within Indigenous communities.

Indigenous housing coalition call on Liberals to commit $6 billion to address housing pitfalls

A recently-established housing coalition says Ottawa needs to work with Indigenous partners to address the gap in housing for many off-reserve Indigenous households.


Margaret Pfoh, the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association says the National Indigenous Collaborative Housing Incorporated was formed late last year due to “urgent and unmet housing needs” that have persisted for many years.


Pfoh says NICHI would like to see the federal Liberals commit six billion dollars to develop a housing strategy that is Indigenous-led.


The strategy would include building subsidized Indigenous-owned and operated units over the next ten years, ensuring the sustainability of existing units that are Indigenous-owned and operated, and culturally appropriate wrap-around services.


Listen to the full interview this afternoon on Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 to learn more.

The Library Board Is Looking For Members.

The Library Board is looking for members.

For those interested in becoming a board member there are currently 2 spots available.


The library board is an independent board that is responsible for the general management, regulations, and control of the library.


rustees do not work in the library but are instead committed to attending 10 meetings annually, as well as participating in library events.


For those interested in becoming members you can apply at The Pas Regional Library at 53 Edwards Avenue.

By-Law No.8 How It Effects Dog Owners

OCN residents will be allowed to have a maximum of 2 dogs, with the exception of working dogs.


That’s according to By-law number 8 which has been approved by the chief and council.


All dogs living on reserve must be registered and wear the tags their owners receive at the time of registration.

Registration fees are to be renewed annually, And all working dogs must be confined to a suitable enclosure or chained when not in use.

The by-law goes into effect immediately.

To register your dogs go to the Government Services Branch located next to the post office in The Pas.

Registration costs 20 dollars annually and expires on December 31st of each year.

Missing Person Reported Last Seen In The Pas

On February 5, 2023, RCMP received a report of a missing 16-year-old male, Isaac Oleksiuk of The Pas.


Isaac was last seen on February 5 in the early morning hours leaving a residence on Dufferin Street, in The Pas.

He is 6’2”, 140 lbs, with long black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket with ‘trades’ written on it and blue plaid pyjama pants.


If you have information on his whereabouts please call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at

Moose Lake RCMP Make Arrests In Firearm Complaint

On February 6, 2023, at approximately 1:10 pm, Moose Lake RCMP received a report of an SUV, with several occupants, driving around the community and discharging bear spray from the vehicle.

It was reported that the occupants had brandished a firearm and that they may have been involved in an attempted abduction earlier in the day.

Officers conducted patrols and, with assistance from officers in The Pas, located the suspect vehicle driving westbound on Provincial Road 287, heading towards The Pas.

A traffic stop was initiated but the suspect vehicle failed to pull over. A spike belt was successfully deployed which resulted in the disabling of the vehicle.

The vehicle came to a stop and four male suspects were arrested without incident.

A search of the vehicle, which was reported stolen earlier in the day, led to the seizure of several knives, bear spray and drug-related paraphernalia.

The four males, ages 14,14,16,18, were taken into custody and transported to The Pas Detachment.

Moose Lake & The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

Fraudsters Are Taking Advantage of Seniors

The RCMP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre are holding a fraud prevention campaign this week. It is to raise awareness about the significant increase in emergency grandparent scams targeting Canadian seniors.  In 2022 more than 9.2 million dollars were reported lost to emergency scams, including 313 thousand in Manitoba. It is estimated that only five to ten percent of victims say scams and fraud.


In emergency scams, fraudsters call seniors claiming to be grandchildren, family members, law enforcement officers, or lawyers. They’ll say a loved one was involved in an emergency situation such as a collision, charged by law enforcement, legal peril or being sick or injured.  They demand the senior provide payment immediately for supposed bail, legal fees, fines or other amounts owed to stop the family member from going to jail or to get them released from custody.


If you fall victim to fraud or know someone who has, contact your local police service or the Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online on the Fraud Reporting System even if a financial loss did not occur.

Grands Rapids RCMP Investigates Disturbance

On February 3rd at approximately 2:50 pm Grand Rapids RCMP received a report of shots being fired the night before.


An initial investigation determined that on February 2nd two vehicles, a car and a truck pulled up to a residence in Grand Rapids.

Multiple individuals exited the vehicles at which point shots were fired in the area.


There was no evidence that any injuries occurred.

If you have any information you’re asked to call Grand Rapids RCMP at 204 639 2469 or leave a secure tip online at

RCMP continues to investigate.

The UCN's Own Tara Manych Was Awarded The Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Medal

Tara Manych is the latest recipient of the Queen Elisabeth Second Platinum jubilee medal for contributions made to education in the province.


The Award is given to those that show an exceptional amount of community-mindedness, service, and reconciliation through education.


Manych is the principal at the Kelsey Learning Center, and an instructor with the UCN’s Kenenow Bachelor of education and information program.


The Award was given to Manych by Manitoba premier Heather Stephenson, and Lt. Governor Anita Neville as part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the queen’s accession to the throne.


To learn more about the awards and programs offered through the UCN go to

No Text, Notification or Selfie is Worth Endangering Your Life or the Lives of Your Passengers or Others on the Road.

Saskatchewan RCMP reports people are not receiving the message about the dangers of using electronic communications equipment while driving. 


Staff Sergeant Jason Sauve from Saskatchewan RCMP Combined Traffic Services says cell phone use while driving continues to be a significant safety concern and distracted driving can be deadly.  He urges drivers who continue to talk, text and interact with their phones while behind the wheel to think of the risk.


The RCMP encourages drivers to turn their phone to silent and keep it out of reach while driving, if you’re using your phone for GPS set it up so it's displayed on your dashboard monitor before you put your vehicle in drive, if you need to make a call or send a text pull over to a safe area and put your vehicle in drive and if you’re using hands-free devices be aware that even pressing dashboard buttons or having a conversation can distract you from the task at hand which is safe driving.  They add not only is using your phone while driving dangerous you can also face significant fines.


SnoRiders 9th annual SledTown

SnoRiders 9th annual SledTown Show-Down is back and Members of The Pas and Surrounding area have the opportunity to vote for our city in the online tournament.


Round one is underway and The Pas is facing off against Beausejour


Voting for the first round runs until February 12th.


Manitoba SledTowns have dominated the competition in recent years, with Flin Flon winning in 2020 and 2022 and Lac Du Bonnet taking the title in 2021.

Schools Across Manitoba Will Receive Massive Budget Increase.

 School Divisions across the province will see an increase in funding as the Manitoban government pledged 100 million dollars in financing for Kindergarten to Grade 12 Schools.


Education Minister Wayne Ewasko says this is part of a new funding formula set at a one hundred percent funding guarantee. All school divisions will see a minimum 2.5 percent increase from the previous year.


The Kelsey School Division in The Pas will receive a 16 Million Dollar budget. The funding will go towards helping students with special needs, providing better education tools, healthier meals, better transport and more.


More details can be found here.

Kelsey School

Art Show Returns To Sam Waller Museum

The Pas Arts Council in collaboration with the Manitoba Arts Network is having another travelling exhibition being held at the Sam Waller Museum.


The artwork being shown is done by Karen Schultz, a Grandview Manitoba native who’s been based in Winnipeg since 1962, her artwork has appeared in various art magazines and art shows across Canada.


Schultz’s artwork will be on display until March 30th, Museum is open daily from 1 – 5 pm and standard admission rates apply.

More details can be found at the links below


Karen Schultz's Website

Seniors and Occasional Anglers Will Benefit From New Angling Regulations.

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce red tape, the Manitoba government is implementing modernized, streamlined angling regulations effective April 1st


Under the new rules, a single annual angling licence for each residency type will replace the former conservation and regular licence categories. 


In addition, a new one-day angling licence will also be available.  Manitoba seniors as well as active military members and veterans residing in Manitoba will no longer need to obtain an angling license.


They will need to show acceptable identification to conservation officers upon request. Seniors would need to show proof of age and residency.


Other regulation changes include allowing open fishing year-round for certain abundant species coupled with enhanced sustainability measures, amending ice fishing shelter requirements and creating consistent residency definitions for anglers, hunters and trappers.

Kindergarten Registration Starts Now

If your child is heading to kindergarten this September, early registration is open now for students with siblings already attending a school in the district.


Enrolment is for students born in 2018 and will open for general registration starting this Monday.


Kindergarten registration is available at the Joe A Ross, Kelsey, and Ecole Opasquia Schools.


Parents or guardians must provide the child’s birth certificate and Manitoba Health Card.


And to contact the Kelsey School division about kindergarten registration and other programs you can call the office at 204 623 6421.

Free Park Entry For Month Of February

For all of February, all Manitoba Provincial Parks will have free entry to let locals and tourists explore the province.


Some conditions apply.   While vehicle permits are not required, Sno-passes are still required for snowmobiles using trails, and entrance fees still apply in national parks.


Trail users are reminded to only use trails for designated activities, keep dogs on leashes and practise the principles of “Leave No Trace.”


Clearwater Lake, Bakers Narrows, Grass River and Wekusko Falls are the four parks surrounding The Pas.


More details can be found below.


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