News Bulletin: February 21, 2017


Kasabonika Lake News
Tyance Anderson
February 21, 2017

Weather: -1 feels like -5

  • The Kasabonika Lake Flames won the 2017 Kasabonika Lake Men’s Hockey Tournament championship over the weekend. The Kingfisher Flyers claimed the B-Side cup, while the Eagles won C-Side. Read all about it here. Now the teams are headed to the Wunnumin Lake Men’s Annual Hockey Tournament whick starts tomorrow. From February 22 – 25 over ten teams will compete to win $20 000 for the A-side championship prize.

  • The winter road closed yesterday morning on February 20 at 9:00 am and will remain closed all day Tuesday February 21, including all night travels. It will be reopening tomorrow February 22 at 9:00am for light traffic only. While it’s closed the maintenance crews will have a chance to fix up the road.

  • The Sioux Lookout area Aboriginal Management board will be in the band office tomorrow and Thursday. They will be conducting a Human Resources and skills inventory survey. It is important for as many community members as possible to participate because the information gathered will be used to determine Kasabonika’s present and future needs in training and employment. This information will help SLAAMB secure funding for future community development. They will be bringing refreshments
  • Journalists for Human Rights are hosting another movie night. “Trick or Treaty” is a Canadian documentary by Alanis Obomsawin that explores how government officials obtained Treaty 9 agreements with First Nations. Kasabonika Lake is one of the First Nations party to Treaty 9. The event starts at 6pm in the School Gym and there will be chicken and fries. RSVP to the Facebook event here.
  • Ninety percent of inmates at the Kenora Jail are Indigenous, the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission observed on a recent visit.  She also noticed most of them are suffering with addiction and mental illness or cognitive impairment. Renu Mandhane spoke to many inmates on the tour, who mostly came from the remote First Nations north of Kenora. Many may have never left their home communities before they got arrested, and English is not their first language, Mandhane said in a CBC article. She believes stronger cultural supports as well as treatment for addiction and mental health are needed to help with suicide rates and to prevent inmates from returning.
  • Sargeant Allan Giba will be on call today as of Tuesday February 21, at 4:00pm until Monday February 27 at 8:00am. He can be reached on his cell phone (807-621-1131) or through the com centre at 1-888-310-1122 or 1-807-345-4831.

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