Cut Knife SK Obituaries and Funeral Related News
'He did so much for all First Nations': Hundreds honour Tyrone Tootoosis - CBC.caFriday, February 17, 2017
Canadian troops and RCMP launched an unprovoked attack on the Indigenous people of this territory in what would eventually become Saskatchewan.The 1885 military assault, known as the Battle of Cut Knife Hill, was followed by decades of the pass system, forced starvation, residential schools and other attempts to solve what was commonly known as "the Indian problem."Hundreds of people gathered on the Poundmaker Cree Nation to honour Tyrone Tootoosis. (Jason Warick/CBC)On Wednesday, hundreds of outsiders again converged on the Poundmaker Cree Nation, just west of the Battlefords. This time, they came to honour a man who dedicated his life to reviving Plains Cree culture.Tyrone Tootoosis, buried on the hillside near his relative Chief Poundmaker, was known for his work recording the stories of elders, organizing countless powwows, and developing Wanuskewin Heritage Park and the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company — which is now renamed in honour of his uncle, Gordon Tootoosis.Tootoosis died of colon cancer early Sunday morning. He was 58.The funeral drew politicians and other dignitaries from across Saskatchewan and beyond. There were farmers, teachers and movie producers."He was a great man. We'r...
'He gave his heart and soul': Tyrone Tootoosis remembered for his contributions to cultural awareness - Saskatoon StarPhoenixFriday, February 17, 2017
He was transcribing and translatingthe interviews his father, Wilfred, recorded on cassettes with elders who spoke about the treaties, the 1885 Battle of Cut Knife Hill and the residential schools. As a child, Tootoosis travelled with his father as he conducted the interviews.Tootoosis himself spent hundreds of hours listening and learning from elders, which is where he got his teachings, Cameron said.“For many of us, thousands of us, we were grateful and thankful for what he did for us— for how he conducted himself, because it paved the way for many of us to try to be like him. He was a role model and we want to thank him for all his contributions.”Reconciliation was a part of Tootoosis’s legacy, Cameron noted. He represented the FSIN on the bridge naming committee in Saskatoon and forwarded the name of Chief Poundmaker for consideration.[embedded content]Tootoosis’s work also included correcting historical inaccuracies. An effort he helped to spearhead to have Parks Canada stop using the word “siege” to describe the 1885 events at Fort Battleford succeeded in 2010. Until then, Parks Canada had been using the term in its promotional material for the Fort Battleford site.Journalists came to trust Tootoosis as not only a valued source ofinformation, but as someone who helped their storytelling. Mervin Brass, founder of Treaty 4 News, said multiplejournalists in Saskatchewan owe a great debt to Tootoosis.“The media respected Tyrone a great deal and that’s in large part due to the man’s integrity and the respect that he had in the First Nations community,” Brass said.Tootoosis also helped form theKisiskatchewanWater Alliance Network in the wake of the Husky Oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River last year. The group called for an independent inquiry into the spill.His funeral service is scheduledfor 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Poundmaker First Nation Veterans Hall.In a post about the funeral service, his wife Winona Wheeler wrote that no Styrofoam or plasticwater bottles will be allowed on site out of respect for Tootoosis’s commitment to water and land protection.Horses and riders, however, are welcome. Tootoosis raised painted horses on his property near Duck Lake.firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/thiajames[embedded content]Related
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'Joy sprang out of our grief:' Parents of misidentified Bronco describe mix-up - paNOWSaturday, March 2, 2019
Fencing comes to the Alfred Jenkins Field House
The Alfred Jenkins Field House is playing host to fencers from all across Saskatchewan this weekend.The Prince Albert Northern Knights are holding their annual northwestern open tournament. The competition is expected to go until Sunday afternoon.Pamela Wojciechowski who serves as the president of the Prince Albert Nor...
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'He was old school': Saskatoon's musical community remembers cultural icon Maurice Drouin - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
Musicians across Saskatchewan are mourning the death of well-known jazz pianist Maurice Drouin.Drouin, 82, died after performing a set at the Hawood Inn in Waskesiu, Sask. on Saturday. Drouin has been a pillar in Saskatoon's jazz community for decades, performing countless gigs across the city."He played until the day before he died," Don Griffith, musician and artistic director of The Bassment, told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning. "That's the kind of guy he was, you know? Here's an 82-year-old man, driving from Saskatoon in this cold snap to to play a gig up in Waskesiu. That says it all."Drouin learned to play the piano by ear and carved out an audience by relentlessly playing concerts for decades."He would call three months before a show and ask how tickets were," he said. "He's the only musician who would do that. He knew that in order to play at The Bassment again, he had to have those seats full."Long time jazz musician Maurice Drouin died suddenly over the weekend. It was...
‘All of this is your fault,’ Jaxon Joseph’s mother tells Sidhu - Barrhead LeaderSaturday, March 2, 2019
With no information about Jaxon's condition, the Joseph family, including his sister Taylor, packed their bags and drove to Saskatchewan.
"I hyperventilated all the way to Lloydminster," Chris said.
The family had heard their 20-year-old son had been airlifted to a hospital, but they had no certainty or answers as they drove through the night on the cold winter Saskatchewan highways.
"The minutes and hours of not knowing were the hardest part," Chris said.
They arrived in Saskatoon in the early hours of the morning. The next day, Chris and Taylor went to identify the body of a young man who may have been Jaxon. They searched the body for any familiar signs of their loved one but couldn't provide a positive ID.
It wasn't until Chris went to visit three surviving victims that he realized his son had not been transported to the hospital.
"Right there, that was my moment – the moment that I realized that my son was dead, that he was never taken to the hospital, that his body was still laying on the cold ground with a blanket over his face," he said.
"I now had to go back to the waiting room and confirm the worst news of our lives to our family."
The next day, the Joseph family went to the funeral home to identify Jaxon's body. There were 14 victims to be identified and only six rooms available, so families had to identify their sons in shifts.
"They came back different. They were changed forever and I knew I would be, too."
Today, Chris still carries Jaxon's socks, which he took off his son's feet that day at the funeral home – a decision he says was inspired by the family of fellow Broncos player Stephen Wack, who took a lock of his hair.
"You chose to gamble at that intersection and you lost. And worse yet, we all lost," he told Sidhu.
"I hope some day you can find peace. I hope some day I can find forgiveness."
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