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‘Deaf People’s Rights’; Silent community at Trudeau Town Hall raises issues with C-81
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‘Deaf People’s Rights’; Silent community at Trudeau Town Hall raises issues with C-81

From left: Allard Thomas, Mustafa Alabssi, Karen Nurkowski. Allard Thomas asked the Prime Minister about Bill C-81 at the University of Regina Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Town Hall on January 10, 2019. (Photo credit to Heidi Atter) At the University of Regina Town Hall with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau many people had questions revolving around...

Trudeau Town Hall brings people of all opinions
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Trudeau Town Hall brings people of all opinions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced questions about everything from pipelines, Indigenous rights, construction workers in rural areas, international student tuition rates, persons with disabilities, to the carbon tax at the town hall held at the University of Regina on January 20, 2019. A diverse crowd attended, including yellow vest protestors and Indigenous rights protestors. The...

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,...

Newest manager for Cowessess ranch shows dedication too community
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Newest manager for Cowessess ranch shows dedication too community

A new manager on Cowessess First Nations has moved the 4C Ranch to heights it has never seen before. Working before day break, Chopping drives over the bumps and through the mud to the herd. Yelling “come on girls,” Chopping attracts the herd with his recognizable voice and they come galloping, hearing their “MOO” in...

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...

First female chief forged a path for women in Cowessess
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First female chief forged a path for women in Cowessess

Almost two decades after Cowessess elected its first female chief, young women in the community say Pat Sparvier is the ultimate role model for women in the community who want to be in positions of power. Sparvier held the position of chief for two terms from 2001-2006, but says getting to the position was not...

Renewable energy project helps Cowessess aim sky-high
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Renewable energy project helps Cowessess aim sky-high

On the bald prairie just southeast of Regina, hardly anything reaches above the horizon as far as the eye can see save for one major exception: A single wind turbine. Owned by Cowessess First Nation, the 800 kilowatt turbine is a symbol of achievement for the community. With the turbine’s completion in 2013, Cowessess became...

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...