Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has "without reservation" confirmed the full exoneration of a Saskatchewan chief convicted of treason 134 years ago.

Trudeau has also offered a full apology on behalf of the Canadian people for the historical injustices, hardship and oppression suffered by Chief Poundmaker.

Poundmaker stood up for his people at the time of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion and was labelled a traitor even though he was known as a peacemaker and stopped First Nations fighters from going after retreating federal forces that had attacked them.

The prime minister told cheering members of the Poundmaker Cree Nation that all of Canada will now have the opportunity to understand the chief's true legacy. (The Canadian Press)



The RCMP says three people have been charged following an investigation that uncovered 17 child sexual abuse victims on a Manitoba First Nation.

Police say the alleged abuse on the Garden Hill First Nation occurred between 2011 and 2017 and involved victims aged three to 15-years-old.

They say 21-year-old Paul Bruce Harper -- who had access to a foster home -- and a 20-year-old man who was a youth when the alleged offences occurred are facing multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual interference.

Sixty-six-year-old foster mother Lucy Harper is charged with perjury and failure to report a child in need of protection. (The Canadian Press)



The Alberta N-D-P is accusing Jason Kenney of improperly using the office of the premier in United Conservative Party fundraising letters.

The party confirms it has filed a complaint with Ethics Commissioner Marguerite Trussler over two fundraising letters that directly reference the premier's office and Premier Kenney.

NDP ethics critic Heather Sweet says that is a potential breach of the province's Conflicts of Interest Act, which forbids an elected official from using their titles to fundraise.

But Kenney's press secretary Christine Myatt says whether the opposition likes it or not, Jason Kenney is the premier of Alberta and the U-C-P is confident that neither of the letters raise any ethical concerns. …

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