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Sheryl Kimbey, John Hanikenne, Janet Carriere, Grand Chief Ron Michel, and FSIN Vice Chief Kimberly Johnathan all weighed in on the meaning of National Aboriginal Day.
Sheryl Kimbey, John Hanikenne, Janet Carriere, Grand Chief Ron Michel, and FSIN Vice Chief Kimberly Johnathan all weighed in on the meaning of National Aboriginal Day. Bryan Eneas/paNOW Staff

What does National Aboriginal Day mean to Indigenous people?

By Bryan Eneas
June 22, 2017 - 12:00pm

Celebrations have wrapped up for National Aboriginal Day, but what does the day represent to Indigenous people?

paNOW asked five prominent Indigenous people from Prince Albert and area to find out what the day means to them personally.

A chicken dancer displays his dance during National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Prince Albert on June 21. The event was moved indoors with less than 24 hours to prepare due to weather concerns.
A chicken dancer displays his dance during National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Prince Albert on June 21. The event was moved indoors with less than 24 hours to prepare due to weather concerns. Bryan Eneas/paNOW Staff

National Aboriginal Day moves indoors

By Bryan Eneas
June 21, 2017 - 5:02pm Updated: June 22, 2017 - 1:41pm

It was a blustery day in the neighbourhood – so much so, National Aboriginal Day in Prince Albert was moved indoors for celebrations.

Regina Poitras, the mother of Happy Mary Charles who has been missing since April 3, spoke at a a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Police asked for renewed public assistance in locating the 42-year-old woman.
Regina Poitras, the mother of Happy Mary Charles who has been missing since April 3, spoke at a a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Police asked for renewed public assistance in locating the 42-year-old woman. Tyler Marr/paNOW Staff

Police calling for renewed public assistance in locating Happy Charles

By Tyler Marr
June 20, 2017 - 5:10pm Updated: June 21, 2017 - 8:22am

“We miss our daughter,” a tearful Regina Poitras said, the mother of Happy Mary Charles who has been missing for over two months.

A recently published study has found residents in Saskatchewan and Manitoba have vastly different opinions about Indigenous businesses than the rest of Canada.
A recently published study has found residents in Saskatchewan and Manitoba have vastly different opinions about Indigenous businesses than the rest of Canada. Bryan Eneas/paNOW Staff

Man. And Sask. residents less likely to support Indigenous business

By Bryan Eneas
June 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

A recently published survey has found Canadians in general believe the creation and support of Indigenous businesses is important, but the numbers are a bit different when it comes to the prairies.

Kinsmen Park will once again be the host site of celebrations June 21.
Kinsmen Park will once again be the host site of celebrations June 21. Bryan Eneas/paNOW Staff

UPDATE: National Aboriginal Day celebrations around the region

By Bryan Eneas
June 20, 2017 - 12:00pm Updated: June 20, 2017 - 3:29pm

UPDATE: Because of weather concerns, all National Aboriginal Day celebrations will move to the Art Hauser.

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The first days of summer mark national celebrations dedicated to the first peoples of Canada. 

The Prince Albert police are considering forming an Indigenous women's advisory committee following a Human Rights Watch report.
The Prince Albert police are considering forming an Indigenous women's advisory committee following a Human Rights Watch report. File photo/paNOW Staff

P.A. police respond to report on the treatment of Indigenous women

By paNOW Staff
June 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

Following a report by an American-based human rights advocacy group on the treatment of Indigenous women by police, Prince Albert’s police service is considering forming a committee specifically to review the findings.

Kids get a chance to dress up as forest firefighters as a part of the revamped Nature Center in Waskesiu
Kids get a chance to dress up as forest firefighters as a part of the revamped Nature Center in Waskesiu Submitted/Robyn Hufnagel

P.A. National Park Nature Centre to officially unveil renovations

By Sarah Wallace
June 18, 2017 - 8:49am

After three years and $1.2 million dollars in restorations and upgrades, a nationally recognized federal heritage building in Saskatchewan is ready to officially re-open. The Prince Albert National Park’s Nature Center will be hosting an event on June 24 to celebrate the renovations.

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