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 Sweetgrass February 2015

Alberta Sweetgrass - The Aboriginal Newspaper of Alberta
published monthly since December 1993.

Contributing Editor: Shari Narine

With more than 9,000 copies distributed monthly via Canada Post and on newstands, Alberta Sweetgrass is your most effective means of reaching Alberta's Aboriginal people.


By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor MIKISEW CREE NATION
The full implications of a federal court ruling slapping the Harper government for implementing two omnibus bills in 2012 without consulting with Mikisew Cree Nation are not yet known. However, MCN Chief Steve Courtoreille says it can only...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor Ermineskin First Natio
The second of three investigations that involved shootings of Indigenous men by RCMP in August 2013 has concluded in the same manner as the first: no wrong-doing by the RCMP officers involved. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has concluded...
By Andrea Smith Sweetgrass Contributor BLOOD FIRST NATION
The Blood Tribe Police Service has added a new Crime Reduction Unit to their troop. As a result of recent deaths linked with street versions of oxycodone, the BTPS has taken steps to prevent further harm. “The impact it’s had on the community’s been...
By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor ATHABASCA CHIPEWYAN FIRST NATION
Once again, a First Nation is seeking legal action against the Alberta government. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation filed an application in Calgary court on Jan. 15 challenging the province’s newly created Aboriginal Consultation Office. ...
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Fort Edmonton Management Company has made a commitment to tell the story of Treaty 6 people accurately at Fort Edmonton Park. “For too long the First Nations in the area had little inclusion in the park and its programs. With the Memorandum of...
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Two of Alberta’s three opposition parties are looking for new leaders. The next leader of the decimated Wildrose will be selected by party members from across Alberta on June 6 in Calgary. “Our party is strong, united and ready to give Albertans a...
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The Gunn Métis settlement has received status to participate in public hearings for TransAlta’s $1.5 billion gas-fired power plant proposed for the southwest shore of Wabamun Lake. However, Alberta Utilities Commission denied similar status to...
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Staff and volunteers from The Mustard Seed were thrilled with the donations of hams and turkeys from Calgarians during its annual Turkey Ham Jam, held at four Calgary Co-op stores.    Turkeys, hams and chickens collected for Mustard Seed...
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Cold Lake area Chiefs and the First Nations exploration company Keyano Pimee Exploration Company Limited are in advanced negotiations with Indus Energy NL (formerly Quest Petroleum) to farm in to 82,290 acres of Cold Lake oil sands. Once the joint...
By Julie MacIsaac Sweetgrass Writer HORSE LAKE FIRST NATION
Those living on a First Nations reserve are 10 times more likely to die in a house fire than those living in the rest of Canada, according to a 2010 federal study. Horse Lake First Nation Chief Administrative Officer Darwin Eckstrom heard this...

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