Norman Bone has been re-elected as chief of the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation.

Chief Bone is a former Grand Chief of Treaty 2.

He is also a member of the Council of Chiefs, Executive Council, Governing Council of the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory and chairs the West Region Tribal Council.

Chief Bone has a portfolio in Community Development and Relations.

The other council members elected for the four-year term are Allison McKay and Barry Bone who were re-elected, and Marjorie Blackbird and Bradley Burns who are newly elected.

There have been reports of a helium shortage that could lead to higher prices for the gas.

Helium is used in its liquid form in MRIs as a coolant.

We reached out to Shared Health to find out if there would be an impact on the machines, like the new one in Dauphin.

Petr Kresta, the chief operating officer with diagnostic services, says there are minimal impacts to diagnostic services. Noting the machines use very little helium per year.

Shared Health has a contract with an equipment service provider, who manages regular maintenance, including replenishing the helium in the machine.

The provincial government announced a two-year extension of the Canada-Manitoba Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction with the federal government.

The province says it will move forward on grant commitments of $1.5 million under the French Second Language Revitalization Program. It will also see $1.2 million go towards the Program for the Enrichment of French in Education.

 “These programs enhance the linguistic and cultural identities of students so they can continue their studies in French and use the language throughout their lives,” said Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen.

The First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory says they are feeling left out in the cold regarding the announcement.

Grand Chief Eugene Eastman says they receive very little funding to preserve their languages. As a result, their school-based language programs are limited.

“We have the same needs as other language groups but the difference, we have nowhere to go home to relearn our language, this is our home. Our schools need proper funding to teach our languages, like the French and the minority groups who live in our territory,” said Eastman.

Eastman added, “Every school division with Indigenous students, should have an Indigenous language programs. To date, there are very few Indigenous language programs in Manitoba; this should change, as a measure of reconciliation.”

Ojibway is the primary language spoken in Treaty 2 First Nations communities, followed by Dakota and Cree.

The keynote speaker at the lunch series yesterday spoke about the importance of an economic strategy.

President of Johnston Group Dave Angus goes over his role in helping the Parkland.

“The reason I’m here is I co-chaired an economic development initiative for the province, looking at creating an economic strategy for Manitoba. I came here to explain some of our findings and how Dauphin and the Parkland can leverage what we created.”

A big positive is the people in the area, as well as some great assets, and there is huge potential in the area.

The Chamber needs to get better at making connections, the Parkland needs to integrate into organizations about economic development and develop relationships.

Angus says there is a great opportunity for economic growth in the Parkland.

The third Dauphin Arts Fest went on last week.

Somewhere between 500 and 750 kids performed at the Dauphin Arts Fest this year.

Chair of the Dauphin Arts Fest, Martijn Van Luijn thought it was great.

He adds that even though the event was scaled down due to illness, the event went off without a hitch.

He says the scaled-back version is definitely a one-year thing, they want to add things back to Arts Fest.

If someone has an idea for Arts Fest and would like to get involved, let them know and they’ll try to add it.

A 15-year-old male is in stable condition after being shot by a shotgun yesterday morning in Easterville.

RCMP say the victim was taken to the nursing station and then to the hospital.

Another 15-year-old male was arrested and charged with attempted murder with a firearm among other things.

The teen charged will appear in court on April 11th and police continue to investigate.

Charlie Major and George Canyon could be on the way to Grandview this summer. 

As a part of "Our Birthday, Your Party", seven communities around the province have been chosen and the winning community will be getting a concert from Major and Canyon.

"Oh, it's absolutely exciting. When we made the application we weren't sure what chance we had," said Ryan Balak. "When we were named one of the seven finalists, we were very excited."

The rest is up to you!. Until Friday at midnight, you can vote for Grandview and if they receive the most votes, Major and Canyon will be heading to the GACC. It's very simple, all you have to do is head to "Our Birthday, Your Party" and vote. You can do so once per device until the deadline.

Grandview is joined by Oakville, Arborg, The Pas, Oakbank, Hamiota, and Boissevain. 

"Everyone in the Parkland should vote for this," added Balak. "All of the money from the event will be going into different projects from around town. It will be a really good time if we win this so make sure you vote."

The winner will be announced on Monday, April 15 and the concert will be sometime in May.

The 10th bi-annual Zirka Ukrainian Dance Competition is being held this weekend in Dauphin.

Oleski notes the different competitions range by age, solo, duets, trio performances and then small, medium, and large group dances. People typically think of Ukrainian dancing as guys doing big jumps in the air, and that’s what you’ll see at the end of the day on Saturday.

A woman based out of Ukraine will adjudicate the groups. 

“Her name is Lana Niland. She’s originally from Canada but now lives in Ukraine. One of the things that she does is, she does go all over Canada adjudicating dance competitions. As well, she actually has a Ukrainian website where she sells Ukrainian clothing and items and stuff, and she is going to be one of the vendors set up.”

Oleski says it’s something different to experience.

The competitions take place Friday from 1pm-9pm and Saturday 8 am to 6:30 pm at Credit Union Place. It’s 5 dollars to get in for anyone 12 and up. 11 and under can get in for free.

Matthew Delaronde turned himself in this afternoon. He did so after seeing yesterday’s news about his outstanding warrant of arrest.

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Oxycodone pills seized in Thompson earlier this year were found to contain fentanyl.

The pills were found on February 1st during a traffic stop.

29-year-old Matthew Delaronde had been arrested and released but is now wanted by the RCMP as the conditions of his Recognizance were revoked.

Delaronde is also wanted for Robbery in relation to an incident that occurred on March 20 in the City of Thompson.

“The public needs to be aware that there may be additional pills, in the community and surrounding area, disguised as Oxycodone that may contain fentanyl,” said Cpl. Julie Courchaine of the Manitoba RCMP. “These pills could cause serious harm or even death and should not be consumed.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid which is 100 times more potent than morphine. A lethal dose of the drug is as little as two milligrams.

The RCMP are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Matthew Delaronde to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

The Intermountain Conservation District will be amalgamating with the Turtle River Watershed Conservation District next year making this past weekend’s annual banquet its last.

“Since it’s the last year of Intermountain Conservation District before we change to a watershed district we’re just trying to celebrate the past as well and just give everyone a taste of the future of what it’s going to be like in 2020.”

But Jeff Thiele, the manager of Intermountain, says this kind of event will keep going into the future.

“We haven’t really got to those details with the Turtle River Conservation District, but yes, maybe we’ll need a bigger hall next year for a bigger party.”

This year’s Conservation District Family was the Welland family, from Garland. They also celebrated several long term members if the conservation district.

This year’s banquet was held in Garland, which is just north of Ethelbert. 

Intermountain and Turtle River are amalgamating on January 1st, 2020 creating the Inter-Mountain Watershed District.

Weight restrictions in the RM of Lakeshore are now in effect.

The two roads affected are Road 102W (Cameron Trail) from highway 5 to Highway 20 and Road 94W (Turtle River Road) from Highway 5 to Road 140N.

The restrictions are in place until further notice.

If you have any questions, you’re encouraged to call either municipal offices.