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Former roughrider opens up about mental health
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Former roughrider opens up about mental health

It was not until recently that Xavier Fulton, who used to play offensive line for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, has been open about his struggles with anxiety and depression. “I’m 6’5” I’m just over 300 pounds I can bench press the world but I have anxiety and depression,” said Xavier  “That’s not something I am strong...

The mystique of Cowessess Community Educational Centre
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The mystique of Cowessess Community Educational Centre

The Cowessess (COW-A-SIS) Community Educational Centre (CCEC) has a unique aura about it. Whether it’s the feeling of a unified family atmosphere or the students receiving educational instruction tailored to their specific needs, there is something special about the CCEC. Upon walking into the centre, one gets a true sense of family. The rotunda is...

Muddy waters
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Muddy waters

Cowessess First Nation lifted its boil water advisory, but the residents have had enough of their muddy waters. They still don’t trust the quality of the water and are split on the role the Trudeau government played in removing the advisory. “Pathetic sometimes,” Melvin Delorme, Cowessess resident said “Filled the bathtub up, everything was green,...

Bringing back their name means reconciliation for a nation
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Bringing back their name means reconciliation for a nation

For one southern Saskatchewan First Nation, correcting it’s name means more than changing the spelling. For Cowessess, it means taking action towards reconciliation and an opportunity for the community and its members to have their name accurately reflect the original chief who the community was named for. The name “Cowessess” does not translate into any known...

The Last Oak Golf extraordinaire
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The Last Oak Golf extraordinaire

COWESSESS – Whether on the golf course or governing in a head office, the words of wisdom from Chief Cadmus Delorme speak to a career in leadership defined by his favourite sport. “Golf is like leadership, you have a chance to mentally tee off just like in life,” said Delorme. As the leader of Cowessess...

Reawakening Cowessess: Language Program Seeks to Rejuvenate ‘sleeping’ languages
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Reawakening Cowessess: Language Program Seeks to Rejuvenate ‘sleeping’ languages

With approximately 4,500 residents on Cowessess First Nation, there are only 10 fluent speakers of Indigenous languages on the reserve, most of whom are elderly. Weekly classes seek to reawaken these “sleeping” languages. Cree and Saulteaux, collectively known as nehiyaw in Cree, are now taught to a group of 20 some students. Funded through Heritage...