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From the Desk of Warren Michelson April 27, 2018

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Atamiskākēwak 2018 is the bringing together of all people in a week of experiences, education, understanding and fun, bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

The Ministry of Education is now accepting proposals for the 2018-19 Saskatchewan Community Literacy Fund (SCLF).  The SCLF provides funding for Saskatchewan-based not-for-profit organizations to develop and deliver new family and community literacy projects that contribute to enhanced community and family literacy.  Qualified projects may receive up to $50,000 in funding.

“These funds allow communities to respond to identified family or community literacy challenges in our province,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “They support community-based initiatives targeted at improving literacy rates and offering everyone the opportunity to get an education, gain skills and participate in the Saskatchewan economy.”

The Government of Saskatchewan will provide up to $400,000 for the Saskatchewan Community Literacy Fund in 2018-19.

Projects that receive funding may be between three months and one year in length.  Preference for funding will be given to projects that are not available elsewhere in the community and focus on the literacy needs of Indigenous and/or Métis people, newcomers, people with intellectual and/or physical challenges, young and/or single parents, youth, low income families, or rural communities.

The following types of registered, not-for-profit, organizations are eligible:

  • literacy organizations and public libraries;
  • First Nation communities, bands, Tribal Councils and organizations;
  • Métis communities and organizations;
  • early learning and child care centres;
  • immigrant-serving agencies and cultural organizations;
  • school divisions;
  • First Nations education authorities; and
  • post-secondary institutions, including regional colleges.
Applicants are required to submit the complete application package by email to the Saskatchewan Literacy Network at saskliteracy@saskliteracy.ca by Thursday, May 24, 2018.  All proposals received by the deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee to select those that most closely meet the criteria to receive SCLF funding.

The 2018-19 SCLF guidelines and application forms are available at 

Finance Minister Donna Harpauer stopped in Moose Jaw on Tuesday for a light lunch and to go over any questions locals had regarding the 2018-2019  Budget.   


On April 28, Canadians will take a moment to remember workers killed or injured on the job.

The National Day of Mourning will be marked as groups hold vigils, light candles, wear armbands and participate in other activities to honour those who died or suffered injuries and illnesses on the job.

In Saskatchewan, 27 people died from workplace-related injuries or illnesses in 2017.  The Workers’ Compensation Board recently reported that more than 22,000 people were injured at work in the same year.

“Our deepest condolences to family and friends who have lost a loved one,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “We need to honour the memories of those we have lost by making health and safety a priority in everything we do.”

“There is no greater reminder for us than today,” Workers’ Compensation Board Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said.  “We must create safe workplaces where lives are never at risk.  This is not the responsibility of one, but of us all.  We must continue to fight to make every workplace in Saskatchewan safe.  We all must work to prevent and eliminate workplace injuries and fatalities.”

Flags will fly at half-mast at the Saskatchewan Legislature and on Parliament Hill.  Today, there was a moment of silence in the Legislature and the names of each of the 27 Saskatchewan workers who lost their lives in 2017 were read in tribute.

Day of Mourning vigils will be held in communities throughout the province.  A list of events open to the public can be found at 

A huge note of gratitude to the organizers of the Benefit Hockey Game at Mosaic Place in support of the Humboldt Broncos and in memory of Evan Thomas who played for the Moose Jaw Generals before joining the Broncos.  It was Evan’s father who did the ceremonial face off.

“THOMAS” was on the back of each Jersey.

The Blue Team players had number 23, which was the number Evan wore in his rooky year.

The Red Team wore the number 9 on their jerseys, which was the number Evan wore in his final year with the Generals. The number 9 will be retired next season.

With all the players wearing the same name and number on their back it was difficult to tell who the players really were, but it was just a great game of good hockey with lots of passes and shots, missed passes, missed opportunities, good saves and no pressure as to which team was going to win. It was just a great game to sit and enjoy.

At the end of the game the crowd stayed in their seats for a long time just appreciating the players and game.

I didn’t know Evan personally, however I’m sure he was a tremendous young man who was liked and loved by all who knew him, from the impression that was created in his honour. Thank you to the organizers, the players who came out to support the game. Our thoughts & prayers to the family of Evan Thomas.


The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a constitutional reference case in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to challenge the federal government’s ability to impose a carbon tax on the province.

The government is asking the Court of Appeal to answer a clear question on the constitutionality of the legislation that the federal government has introduced to impose the carbon tax.

The question is:

The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was introduced into Parliament on March 28, 2018 as Part 5 of Bill C-74. If enacted, will this Act be unconstitutional in whole or in part?

We do not believe the federal government has the constitutional right to impose the Trudeau carbon tax on Saskatchewan, against the wishes of the government and the people.

This federal tax fails to respect the sovereignty and autonomy of the provinces with respect to matters under their jurisdiction. Simply put, we do not believe the federal government has the right to impose a tax on one province but not others just because they don’t like our climate change plan.

Under the constitution, each level of government is sovereign within its own legislative realm. Provincial governments have the authority to set policy in areas of provincial jurisdiction, and the federal government does not have the right to override that provincial authority.

The Government of Saskatchewan released Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy in December 2017. The strategy includes:

  • the development of sector-specific output-based performance standards on large emitting facilities;
  • increasing efficiencies in buildings;
  • creating a freight strategy to improve delivery times, reducing fuel and increasing efficiency; and
  • developing a climate resiliency model to help ensure communities are able to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change.

Our made-in-Saskatchewan strategy is broader and bolder than a carbon tax. Our plan includes reducing emissions from the electricity sector by 40 per cent and methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030.

Our Saskatchewan story also includes our agriculture industry that sequesters nearly 12 million tonnes of CO2 annually and carbon capture at Boundary Dam 3 that has prevented two million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere. Saskatchewan is the solution, not the problem.
Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan against the Trudeau government’s costly and ineffective carbon tax, while pursuing real emission reductions and protecting jobs in the province.

Our government will always stand up for Saskatchewan and that includes ensuring the Trans Mountain pipeline gets built.

Access to overseas markets is critical to getting the world price for Canadian crude oil and ending the significant discounting of Canadian crude oil. The status quo cost Saskatchewan oil producers an estimated $2.6 billion and the province an estimated $210 million in taxes, royalties and other revenue last year.

Pipelines are acknowledged as the most efficient and the safest method of transporting large volumes of crude oil. We are confident that federally-approved and properly-regulated pipelines can be constructed and operated in a manner that protects both the environment and public health and safety.

The expansion of our national pipeline capacity is vital to the future of our energy sector and to thousands of Canadian jobs. It must not be obstructed, either by a lack of federal leadership or by a provincial government overstepping.

We find ourselves in gridlock today because, in the 18 months since the federal government approved the Trans Mountain pipeline, it has failed to ensure that construction could proceed.

Our government has introduced Bill 126, The Energy Export Act, which creates the legislative framework necessary to optimize the value of Saskatchewan’s oil, gas, and refined petroleum products by establishing a permitting process to export such products outside the province.

Similar in intent to legislation recently introduced by the Government of Alberta, Bill 126 is a last resort that will be used only if the Trans Mountain pipeline continues to be stalled by provincial obstruction and federal inaction, and if the Alberta government acts upon its legislation.

Oil doesn’t stop moving when pipelines are opposed – instead it moves on rail or by truck. Increasing pipeline access to tidewater would inject billions of dollars into Canada’s economy. Aspiring to greater energy independence is a priority for Saskatchewan and should always be a priority for the nation of Canada.


The Government of Saskatchewan’s program for survivors of sexual violence, The Listen Project, is now open to the public.

The program provides legal advice to survivors of sexual violence, and is hosted by Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA).

“We acknowledge that Saskatchewan has unfortunately high rates of sexual victimization and recognize sexual violence survivors often need help in responding to and overcoming such violence,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “The government stands with these survivors, and this program is a testament to our ongoing commitment to address the problem of sexual violence in Saskatchewan.”

Survivors of sexual violence can contact the program online at 
https://listen.plea.org/ or by phone toll-free at 1-855-258-9415.  Under the program, clients can receive a referral for up to two hours of free legal information and advice.  Where needed, an additional two hours of free legal assistance may be approved.

The Listen Project is designed to help survivors overcome some of the barriers in accessing the justice system by helping them understand their legal rights and options,” PLEA Executive Director Joel Janow said.  “PLEA is very excited to be part of this important project and looks forward to helping survivors of sexual violence find their voice.”

Funding for the program was provided by the Department of Justice Canada through the Federal Justice Victims Fund.  As a pilot project, the program has been provided with enough funding to run until March 2021.

“Sexual assault can have devastating and traumatic impacts on victims and survivors, yet is one of the most underreported crimes in Canada,” Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould said.  “Our government is committed to breaking down the barriers that may discourage reporting, and to ensuring that we have the tools in place to support those who do come forward.  I am very pleased that the Government of Canada is able to help fund this important initiative.”

The Listen Project handles cases that involve sexual assault, sexual harassment in the workplace and historical sexual abuse.  The program is free, and has no age restrictions or limitations on how much time has passed since an incident of sexual violence occurred.  The only limitation is that the sexual violence must have occurred in Saskatchewan.  Incidents of sexual violence do not need to be reported to the police for clients to be eligible for the program.

I was honored to bring greetings to the Briercrest College and Seminary commencement ceremonies this afternoon on be half of Premier Scott Moe and the government of Saskatchewan.

Briercrest College provides a Faith-Based post secondary education for students across Western Canada. 140 students received diplomas.


Investments Have Led to the Signing of Three Donor Physicians with Work Underway to Recruit Registered Nurse Donor Co-ordinators

The Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority are launching a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation.  Three donor physicians have signed contracts to share a half-time position, which is responsible for providing leadership and education as part of a new model for Saskatchewan’s organ and tissue donation system.

“Our government is committed to improving Saskatchewan’s organ and tissue donation rates,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “In addition to signing three donor physicians, we are launching an advertising campaign to remind Saskatchewan residents that agreeing to be an organ donor saves lives.”

In 2018-19, $566,000 has been allocated for the Saskatchewan Health Authority to establish a leadership model for organ and tissue donation, including donor physicians and Registered Nurse donor co-ordinators.

The awareness campaign launch coincides with National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, and includes video and print media with powerful, real-life examples of organ donation and the impact it has on the lives of Saskatchewan people.

“Donor physicians will champion organ donation across the province,” Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said.  “Their leadership coupled with initiatives aimed at improving the donation process itself, will pave the way to improving organ donation rates in Saskatchewan.”

Speaking with loved ones about your intention to donate is important, because organ and tissue donation is only possible with the consent of next of kin.

www.saskatchewan.ca to learn more about organ and tissue donation in Saskatchewan, and view the powerful, real-life experiences of three Saskatchewan families.


Friday, April 27, 2018

What: Atamiskakewak National Gathering 2018-Competition Powwow

Time:   5:30 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic

What: SW District (SSFA) 55+ Games Moose Jaw, Early Registration & information
Time:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place:  Kinsmen Sportsplex, Moose Jaw

What:  Vanier Collegiate Fine Arts Cafe

Time:   7:00 p.m.
Place:  Vanier Collegiate

Saturday, April 28, 2018

What: Moose Jaw & District Labour Council

Time:   2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Moose Jaw Union Centre 1402 Caribou St. W

What:  Atamiskakewak National Gathering 2018 -Closing ceremony and lowering
of the flags and pipe.

Time:   5:30 p.m. 
Place:  Heritage Inn- Jubilee C

Sunday, April 29, 2018

What:  Knights of Columbus Annual Spring Roast Beef Supper

Time:    5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Church of Our Lady-  $10/ adults $8/ children 6-12

What:  Minto United Church Annual Chinese Fortune Supper

Time:   6:00 p.m
Place:  Minto United Church 306-693-6148

MJ Right to Life Annual Giant Garage Sale
Friday, May 4 – 1:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Saturday, May 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Zion’s Annual Salad Buffet
Wednesday, May 9
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
$10/ ticket @ Zion office

Mother’s Day Plant Day
Saturday, May 12
2:00 p.m. 
Western Development Museum
$60/ per person – includes supplies
12 years and older.