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From the Desk of Warren Michelson June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018 View this email in your browser

Good News on National Indigenous Peoples Day

I was asked to attend the announcement of the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) formalizing the expansion of a mentorship program for Indigenous post-secondary students, while at the same time celebrating the success the program has seen in its first four years.

Through SRC’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program (AMP), First Nations, Inuit and Métis post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can connect with an SRC mentor in the same or similar disciplines and gain work experience through a hands-on summer job at SRC.

Since its inception in 2015, fifteen students have been welcomed into the program – two of which accepted permanent, full-time employment with SRC upon graduation and are still with the organization today.

Unfortunately because of this event, I missed the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Moose Jaw. 

Government House Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Thursday, June 21 marked National Indigenous Peoples Day, and Government House celebrated the occasion with a traditional ground blessing and dance performance for all to attend.

National Indigenous Peoples Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc.  The day is for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  The occasion is observed on or near the summer solstice, a traditional time for generations of Indigenous peoples and communities to celebrate their culture.

The public were invited to attend the free event, held outdoors on the Ceremonial Circle in front of Government House.  Elder Betty McKenna offered a prayer, and a traditional chicken dance was performed alongside multi-generational drumming group, Buffalo Lodge.

Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy  gave remarks in the company of representatives from Saskatchewan Indigenous organizations and communities.

Following the event, the public were encouraged to explore the J.E.N. Wiebe Interpretive Centre on the second floor of Government House.  June is National Indigenous History month, a great time to experience Saskatchewan’s past through interactive multi-media presentations, games and murals.

World Refugee Day, June 20

The World Refugee Day events on June 20 were very informative.  The stories of some of those who came to Moose Jaw as refugees are truly inspiring.  Thank you to the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council for organizing the event.

Hometown Fair Parade
It was a perfect evening for a parade on Thursday.  A good crowd were there to enjoy the floats and parade entries to start off the Hometown Fair.

A Touching Moment on the Road to Nipawin

On my way to a caucus meeting in Nipawin, I drove by the site of the Humboldt Broncos bus accident.  Seeing the outpouring of support in the memorial created there was very moving.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those affected by this tragedy.

Premier Scott Moe Calls for Changes to Equalization Program

Moe has written to Prime Minister Trudeau and the other nine provincial premiers to propose a simple change to the complicated equalization formula that would make equalization fairer.

Moe calls his proposal the 50-50 Formula.  Under this formula, the overall amount of equalization and relative fiscal capacity of each province would continue to be calculated in the same manner it is now, using the same revenue sources.  Half of the total equalization pool would be distributed on this basis.

The other half would be distributed on a per capita basis, based on the population of each province relative to the other provinces.  This would ensure that all provinces receive some amount of funding from the equalization program, while continuing to ensure the “have not” provinces receive significantly more relative to their size, based on their relative fiscal capacity.

Even under this proposal, the benefit to Saskatchewan remains quite small.  Saskatchewan would receive about $300 million, or about 1.6 per cent of the overall equalization amount.

Moe noted that while the Saskatchewan government does not pay money into the equalization program, Saskatchewan taxpayers do through their federal taxes like income tax and GST.  On average, every Canadian contributes a little over $500 per year to the $19 billion equalization program, which means Saskatchewan taxpayers contribute about $600 million per year.

The Whistle is Back

Sunday June 17th saw the return of the bells, whistles, sounds and smells of a steam locomotive at the Western Development Museum.  Families, and kids of all ages can again have the special experience of riding a train with the last steam locomotive in the province.

Short Line 101 had been running since the late 70s, but two years ago the tracks became very deteriorated to the point the engine couldn’t be run anymore. Thanks to a sponsorship agreement with K+S Potash Canada, the Short Line will be here to stay under the new name “K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101”.

To find times to catch a ride on the K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101, you can visit the Museum’s Website.

CHAB and Moose Jaw Coop Team Up to Welcome Summer

Summer officially arrived at 4:07am Thursday and Golden West Broadcasting and Moose Jaw Coop helped to kick off summer with their annual Hot Dog Day.They offered free hotdogs and pop to anyone stopping by during the lunch hour on Thursday.  Thanks for lunch, CHAB and Coop!

First Nations School Holds Competitions to Display Learning in Robotics from RoboYOU Program
The results of five months of learning robotics, computer coding and digital literacy skills were shown this week in competitions by students at the Cowessess Community Educational Centre.

The games marked the end of the pilot run of Innovation Saskatchewan’s RoboYOU program launched in February 2018, to provide First Nations students in rural communities with exposure to robotics for learning, creating and playing.  Eighty-five students from Grades 5-9 in both the Cowessess Community Educational Centre and Chief Kahkewistahaw Community School completed the RoboYOU program, which provided them with experiential learning in programming robotics—giving them the opportunity to explore their creativity, solve problems and enhance their critical thinking skills.  Participants in both schools received certificates at the completion of the program.

Developed with assistance from the Ministry of Education, various schools as well as science and technology consultants from school divisions in Saskatchewan, one of RoboYOU’s objectives is to expose students to learning and career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields.

With the completion of the RoboYOU pilot, Innovation Saskatchewan will review the program and determine the next steps going forward.

Crop Report for the Period June 12 to June 18, 2018

Across the province, seventy-five per cent of the pulse crops and fall and spring cereals are at their normal stages of development, while 70 per cent of the oilseeds are at their normal stages of development for this time of year, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

Many areas reported rain showers this week, with large amounts recorded in the west-central region.  The Rosthern area received 54 mm of rain, the Kindersley and Moosomin areas 30 mm, the Biggar area 35 mm and the Frobisher area 20 mm.  Many areas in the southwestern and west-central regions remain very dry, including Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Outlook and Dinsmore, which have received less than 25 mm of rain since April 1.

Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and five per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 61 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture is in shortest supply in the southwest.  Crops, hay and pasture in these areas are affected by the dry conditions.  In the parts of the south that received rain over the last few weeks, annual crop conditions have improved; however, hay yield is expected to be lower than average and pastures are expected to have reduced carrying capacity going into the summer months.

Less wind this week allowed producers to do some in-crop weed control, which had been interrupted in previous weeks due to strong winds.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to lack of moisture.  Cutworms are still causing damage in some areas.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Environment Minister Dustin Duncan have jointly proclaimed June 17 to 23, 2018, as Native Prairie Appreciation Week in Saskatchewan.

This year marks the 20th annual Native Prairie Appreciation Week, an event unique to Saskatchewan.  It is celebrated every year in partnership with the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) as a way to raise awareness and appreciation of the province’s native prairie ecosystems.

“Landowners, government and non-government agencies all have a role to play in the stewardship and protection of native prairie,” Stewart said.  “Over the years, Saskatchewan’s farming and ranching families have demonstrated what it means to be responsible stewards of the land, playing a big role in the ongoing celebration of Saskatchewan prairie.”

“Saskatchewan’s native prairie is one of the features that makes our province so unique,” Duncan said.  “This week provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge the biologically diverse and natural landscapes in our province and the important role they play in sustaining biodiversity, storing carbon and building resilience to climate change.”

“Native Prairie Appreciation Week is an opportunity for all Saskatchewan residents to recognize and celebrate the diverse value of native prairie,” SK PCAP Manager Diego Steinaker said.  “We hope the week inspires people across the province to not only learn about conservation, but what native prairie has to offer.”

To celebrate, SK PCAP has planned a variety of activities across the province, including urban awareness booths at farmers’ markets in Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current, as well as an activity checklist and a youth poster contest.


Friday June 22, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Fair

Time:  3 – 10 pm
Place:  Exhibition Grounds


Saturday, June 23, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Fair

Time:  All day, opens at 9 am
Place:  Exhibition Grounds


What: Western Region 3 Metis Cultural Rendez-Vous

Time:  8 am – 6 pm
Place: Wildlife Federation Hall 
Call (306) 631-6058 to register

What: CarFit Clinic for Senior Drivers

Time:  1 – 4 pm
Place:  Town ‘n Country Mall Parking Lot

Sunday, June 24, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Fair

Time:  All day, opens at 9 am
Place:  Exhibition Grounds




Anavets Club BBQ Supper
June 26  5:30 – 6:30 pm
Reserve tickets by June 23  (306) 692-4412

Labyrinth of Peace Guided Meditation
June 26, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
324 MacDonald St.

Wakamow Valley Guided Bird Walk
June 27, 7 pm Wellesley Pavilion

Concert in the Park
June 27, 7 pm

The Saskatchewan 55+ Games 

July 10th- 12th