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First Nations rally in North Battleford to protest omnibus bill

A drum circle led the way down 100th Street on Monday in North Battleford as First Nations protestors marched to oppose recent omnibus bill amendments by the federal government.

The numerous bill changes affect First Nations peoples across the country. The message behind the protests is that the federal government failed to consult with First Nation groups on these revisions.

Rally Organizer Eleanore Sunchild says there are many different ways the amendments will impact the community.

Youths charged in double murder in Meadow Lake court

One week after the community was rocked by the double murder of a couple from the Rapid View area near Meadow Lake, the two young people charged in their deaths made their first court appearance on Monday.

The boys, aged 14 and 17, faced a packed Meadow Lake courtroom where a judge adjourned the matter for three weeks so they could seek council.

Last week, Genne and Theresa Nolin were found dead in their home just west of Meadow Lake. The youths were picked up in Prince Albert a short time later.

Meadow Lake Mayor on vacation in New York

Caught in the middle of a ‘Frankenstorm’ is definitely not the ideal vacation spot, but that is exactly what happened to Meadow Lake Mayor Gary Vidal.

“We keep chuckling that if you’re going to have a holiday in New York you might as well make it a memorable one,” he joked.

News Talk Radio caught up to Mayor Vidal by phone where he is staying just three blocks from Times Square. Fortunately he is far enough away from the flood zone that they haven't even lost power.

He says he was down by the pier earlier on Monday before being told to leave.

Icy highway near North Battleford causing accidents

The roads may be dry in the south, but police are warning drivers to stay off highways in the northwest part of the province around the Battlefords and Lloydminster.

Maidstone RCMP are reporting six rollovers and 12 semis in the ditch along the Yellowhead Highway 16 between the Battlefords and Lloydminster since Tuesday.

Nobody has been injured but the highway is described as very icy.

With so many cars in the ditch, drivers are also being reminded to slow down to 60 when passing an emergency vehicle.

Man from North Battleford missing since Saturday

RCMP officers are asking for the public’s help to find a missing North Battleford man who suffers from dementia.

Raymond Bendall is 73 years old. He took off Saturday night in his minivan, and no one has seen him since.

Police say he left his home at 10:00 pm Saturday night and drove away in a medium-blue 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The licence plate is 547 IDA. Anyone who might have seen him or the minivan is asked to contact the RCMP in North Battleford at (306) 446-1720 or your local detachment.

Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson

Sewer leaks impacting Poundmaker School

A band councillor at the Poundmaker First Nation says leaky sewer pipes are causing students and staff at the Poundmaker school nausea, headaches and fatigue.

Colby Tootoosis says hydrogen sulfide gas has been pouring from sewer pipes into classrooms since last winter.

More testimonies from residential school survivors in Battlefords

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission continued to hear testimonies in the Battlefords Tuesday.

Former Waterhen Lake First Nation Chief Robert Fiddler was among the speakers. His opinion of the school was formed early on when he was forced to separate from his sister right when he got to Beauval residential school.

"You couldn't talk to your sisters, you couldn't look at girls it was like a sin, that's what they taught us in the residential school," he said.

Victims of SK residential schools share stories at TRC hearings in North Battleford

Some devastating stories were told Monday at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in North Battleford.

One person who shared his story was Reg from the Red Pheasant First Nation. He and his parents were both victims of the residential school system.

His father coped with his experiences by getting drunk. Reg described the anger he felt against him throughout his life.

Battlefords say goodbye to Herb Sparrow

The Battlefords community has lost one of its most prominent citizens as retired senator Herb Sparrow passed away Thursday.

His family confirmed the 82-year-old died after complications from a stroke.

Sparrow was born in Saskatoon and acclaimed for his work in the field of soil conservation, as a landowner and farmer. He was also known as the owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Battlefords.

He was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Lester Pearson in 1968 and retired when he turned 75 in 2005.

Fatal motorcycle crash in Lloydminster

The driver of a motorcycle is dead after a collision with a truck in Lloydminster.

The motorcycle collided with a truck in an intersection on the city's north end this morning.

The driver of the motorcycle was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

RCMP have not released names, and both the coroner and traffic reconstructionist are investigating.

 

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