Attack down Knights on opening night

Three second period goals by the Owen Sound Attack lifted them to a victory over the London Knights.

The Knights scored the first goal of the game at 11:05 of the opening period, when Sam Dickinson jumped on a loose puck just inside his own blue line and raced down the ice with fellow defenceman Oliver Bonk. Dickinson fed Bonk and he slammed a shot past Nick Chenard.

The scorong stayed that way until Gavin Bryant of Ingersoll, Ont., raced down the right wing just over six minutes into the second period and snapped a shot past Brett Brochu from a sharp angle to tie the game.

That was followed by goals from Kaleb Lawrence and Thomas Chafe to give the Attack a 3-1 advantage through 40 minutes.

Owen Sound held London to just one shot in the middle period.

London pushed back to begin the final 20 minutes and created some early chances, but Bryant slipped into the Knights zone and sliced home his second of the game to put the Attack ahead 4-1.

Bryce Montgomery scored for London at 9:38 to tighten the gap again, but Chenard kicked out a few other London chances and Colby Barlow nailed an empty-netter from his own zone to restore Owen Sound’s three goal advantage with under three minutes remaining.

The Knights managed to score late when Easton Cowan deflected home a Connor Federkow shot to complete the scoring.

The Attack outshot London 28-20 in the game.

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Proving that it’s never too early to start talking about the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, TSN’s Craig Button released an early ranking of 32 players and Oliver Bonk of the Knights is on it. Bonk came in at number 32 and is already getting a great deal of mention in other areas of the scouting world. So is Denver Barkey. Bonk and Barkey won gold with Team Canada at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup in the summer. Connor Bedard of the Regina Pats is the consensus first overall pick for next June’s draft in Nashville, Tenn.

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Gilmartin traded to Otters

The Knights traded Liam Gilmartin to the Erie Otters on September 27. London will receive a 2nd round pick in 2023, a 3rd round pick in 2024 and a conditional 5th round pick in 2025. That selection will be transferred to the Knights if Gilmartin plays an overage season with Erie. The Falls Church, Va., native played last season in London and is a 6th round pick of the San Jose Sharks.

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The Knights only play one game during week one of the OHL season. They will take on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens. Sault Ste. Marie has three Londoners on their team in Bryce and Brodie McConnell-Barker and 19-year old Jordan D’Intino.

Coverage can be heard beginning at 6:30 p.m. on 980 CFPL, at www.980cfpl.ca and on the Radioplayer Canada app.

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'When we stand together...it can bring light': Splatin event honours residential school survivors

WATCH: In the North Okanagan, Splatsin First Nation hosted an event for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation which focused on recognizing and honouring residential school survivors. Work done by the community to identify Splatsin children taken to residential school has provided new insights and allowed survivors to be recognized in a much more personal way.

In the North Okanagan, a walk and event put on by Splatsin First Nation to mark the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation focused on recognizing and honouring residential school survivors.

Friday’s event saw some of the community’s 46 known living survivors lead hundreds of people through the streets of Enderby.

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“The importance of this day cannot be understated,” said Splatsin Kukpi7 Doug Thomas.

“The school seperated us from our customs and our language. It taught us only to be labourers and from there the missing resources, all our fish and clean water, had a huge affect on our people. Now is the chance for everybody across Canada to recongize this history. Even though it is hard to hear the stories, the dark stories, going forward when we stand together on this day it can bring light to our people.”

The walk was followed by a ceremony outside the Splatsin Community Centre with speeches and music. The names of more than 140 Splatsin children who were taken to residential schools were read out.

The living survivors who were present were invited to come to the front to be recognized.

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“These are the people that we honour today,” organizing committee member Deanna Cook told the crowd.

“Today is a hard day for everybody, but we honour these guys that are still here. We are really sorry for what happened to you, but you are home now.”

The reading of the names and the personal recognition was made possible by work the community has done in recent months to identify Splatsin children taken to residential schools.

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So far, without access to official records, they’ve identified more than 140 children dating back to the 1930s.

That list is expected to grow as more research is done into the children who were taken to school prior to living memory.

“A lot of our own people don’t know who the people in our community are that went to residential school. There are second-generation survivors of people that went to residential school that didn’t know their parents or their grandparents went to school. It is a piece of our history that was important to document,” said Tswum Rosalind Williams, a residential school survivor, who is involved in compiling the list.

Thomas said it was important to read out the names and recognize the survivors personally because there are so few of them left.

“Of course, they are not just names. They are sisters and brothers,” Thomas said. “Some of them didn’t even make it out of school as evidenced by these children that were found on the residential school grounds. But not only that. I have one uncle left out of seven. The effects of oppression lead to a lot of addiction issues. A lot of our people went to the grave not realizing that they mattered.”

Beyond the ceremony, work is also underway to recognize survivors through a local monument. Thousands of dollars have been raised.

“Yesterday we had a meeting with our survivors and they were designing the monument and giving their ideas for the monument. But they said it is the first time since they came home from residential school that anyone has acknowledged them as being survivors of residential school so it meant a lot to them,” Cook said.

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Alberta man discovers prehistoric mammoth tusk in yard on Saddle Lake Cree Nation

A man from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, northeast of Edmonton, made the discovery of a lifetime while working on a project in his yard. What he unearthed is not only old — but it comes from an animal you only see or hear about in museums. Chris Chacon reports.

A man from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, east of Edmonton, made the discovery of a lifetime while working on a project in his yard.

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Jarrod Cardinal was digging a hole for a project in his yard — until his shovel struck a hard object roughly six feet in the ground.

Jarrod Cardinal was digging a hole when he found a mammoth tusk on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

Jarrod Cardinal was digging a hole when he found a mammoth tusk on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

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“I didn’t really know what is was at first,” Jarrod Cardinal said, not thinking much of it. “It was getting dark — I took it out of the dirt and threw it to the side.”

He didn’t get a closer look until the next day.

“I thought it was wood at first. I was just puzzled by it. I didn’t know what it was, I thought maybe this is a tusk or something,” Cardinal said.

“We’re like, ‘What is a tusk doing here?'” said Cardinal’s sister Carol Buffalo, who was there when he found the object.

“It forms into a tusk if you put all the pieces together and there probably still is something under there still.”

A mammoth tusk was found by Jarrod Cardinal on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

A mammoth tusk was found by Jarrod Cardinal on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

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Pictures of the mystery find were sent to a paleontologist at the University of Alberta. Not only is it old — but it comes from an animal you only see or hear about in museums.

“An expert verified and they told us it was a mammoth tusk. He’s an expert in that field and right away he said it was authentic,” Cardinal said.

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The vast majority of woolly mammoths have been extinct for about 11,000 years, since the end of the last ice age.

They were known to have roamed parts of Alberta, but finding part of one is something Cardinal said he would have never thought he’d come across.

“I was just blown away! I didn’t know what to think about it at first,” Cardinal said.

“I didn’t think it was a big deal at first, but who digs a hole in the ground and finds something like that?”

A mammoth tusk found by Jarrod Cardinal on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

A mammoth tusk found by Jarrod Cardinal on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

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“That’s like a one-in-a-million (chance of) finding something in the ground like that,” Buffalo said.

News of the fossil find had sparked a buzz of excitement for some on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation.

“Its popular now, everyone keeps walking up to him to asks to see it because we’ve never seen something like that —  it’s just in the museums you see it,” Buffalo said.

A mammoth tusk found by Jarrod Cardinal on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

A mammoth tusk found by Jarrod Cardinal on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

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Cardinal stopped digging the area, not wanting to damage any other possible fossils in the ground.

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He plans to hold on to the fossil for a now, but welcomes further expert examination of the tusk and the site where it was found.

A mammoth tusk found by Jarrod Cardinal on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

A mammoth tusk found by Jarrod Cardinal on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alta. in September 2022.

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If a homeowner or business thinks they have found a fossil while digging a basement or dugout, they’re advised to stop their work, take photos and record where the fossil was, and call or email the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller.

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Thousands of youth gather in Regina to reflect on truth and reconciliation

Normally flooded with people in green and white, Mosaic Stadium was filled with a sea of orange t-shirts this Thursday for Miyo-wîcîwitowin Day.

The landmark event was the first of its kind and attended by over 12,000 students from across southern Saskatchewan.

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“I feel as if we lost our past, we lost our voices to residential schools and we’re not able to do our ceremonies. Being able to actually reconcile is one big thing for me,” Kym Wapemoose a student at Martin Collegiate who was attending the event said.

“I lost my mom to depression and PTSD due to being oppressed in a residential school. She is still with us but she can’t teach my as much she used to because it triggers her PTSD,” she said.

Other students said they were excited to take what they learned and teach it to others, including parents and grandparents who likely haven’t had the same learning experience.

“It’s important so that our generation can learn and we can pass it on to other generations,” Willow, one of the students from Sheldon Williams Collegiate said.

Some of the students attending are new to Canada and welcomed the chance to learn about their new home.

“I just came to Canada this year and I don’t know much but I’m learning,” Ankita Sharma said.

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Meanwhile, performances from groups like the Snotty Nose Rez Kids were a big draw for the youth in attendance.

In between performances, First Nations leaders from across the province and country celebrated indigenous culture new and old, and also shared first-person stories about the abusive practices of colonization.

Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme hopes that hearing these stories can help youth carry reconciliation into the future.

He said that he walked up and down the stands twice and the students were eager to interact along the way.

“It was such a great feeling, hearing ‘Chief can I get a picture of you,? Great job,'” he said.

“And I tell you most of those messages were from non-Indigenous students and, you know the Indigenous kids sittings sitting there seem just as proud that they don’t feel alone too.”

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AFN Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks to reporters about the importance of engaging youth in truth and reconciliation conversations.

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The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, RoseAnne Archibald said that the youth will leave with “something new in their hearts, new knowledge, new understanding which will help their generation really move forward on the healing path.”

Wapemoose added that she hopes events like these also help fellow Indigenous youth feel more confident in expressing their own culture

“I hope I can see more of my fellow people, indigenous men and women start dancing more and start smiling more with proud faces and speaking their own language,” she said.

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After 2 years of pandemic adjustment, BC SPCA animal centres returning to regular hours

It will soon be easier to access the BC SPCA if you want to adopt a pet. After more than two years of COVID restrictions - hours are returning to normal at community animal centres across B.C.

Two years after introducing safety measures due to COVID-19 concerns, the BC SPCA says its animal shelters are returning to regular hours.

The return to normal public access and adoption viewing will begin on Sat. Oct. 1. However, like staff members and volunteers, visitors will be required to wear a mask.

During the pandemic, part of the BC SPCA’s safety measures included virtual meetings to discuss a pet’s adoption before making an in-person appointment.

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“Throughout COVID, we continued to provide our full range of services, including adoptions, but we had to be creative about how we could continue to serve animals and their guardians while also ensuring that everyone was safe,” said Adrienne McBride, the BC SPCA’s senior director for community animal centres.

McBride added, “We missed the level of one-on-one interaction we’ve always had with members of our communities. We are very excited about connecting with our supporters and friends in person again.”

The SPCA noted that despite the safety protocols, a record number of adoptions happened during the pandemic, with very few pets being returned.

The SPCA also said there was a significant increase in outreach programs, such as pet food banks, emergency pet boarding and spay/neuter surgeries.

“Many people were financially impacted by COVID,” said McBride, “and we were happy to provide whatever support we could to help keep pets and their families together.”

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Green Line LRT work to continue near Saddledome as NHL season approaches

Driving to the Scotiabank Saddledome to catch a game might take a few extra minutes over the coming weeks as early work on the Green Line LRT project continues.

The intersection of 12 Avenue S.E. at Olympic Way has been closed since mid-summer as work crews install new utility lines to make way for a future tunnel under the downtown core.

But those road closures led to some traffic headaches ahead of the Flames pre-season matchup against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

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According to project officials, concerns over traffic jams in the area have been addressed.

“Work has advanced enough at that intersection at 12 Avenue and Olympic Way to help us to reduce the construction footprint in the area,” Green Line director of stakeholder relations Wendy Tynan told Global News. “We’re really looking at plans now so that we can do everything that we can in advance that October 13 date, which is the first game of the regular NHL season.”

Those plans are expected to include an additional access point for Calgarians coming to events in the area.

The intersection is expected to remain closed until early November as other phases of the utility work are planned further north on Olympic Way in early 2023.

With other projects ongoing in the area — including upgrades to the Victoria Park LRT station and Stampede Trail construction — Tynan suggested Calgarians check the city’s website or social media platforms to get the most up-to-date information about the impacts of the ongoing work.

“Everyone is sharing the information to provide Calgarians with as much information as possible before they drive into the area,” Tynan said.

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The utility work under the downtown core began in April and is expected to cost $100 million.

It’s one of the early projects as part of the overall $5.5 billion Green Line LRT, which will include a tunnel with stations running from Victoria Park to Eau Claire. However, construction on a tunnel still remains years away.

Earlier this month, Green Line officials released a request for proposals (RFP) to two qualified consortiums of companies to design, construct and finance the first phase of the line, which will run from Shepard in the city’s southeast to Eau Claire.

Project officials shortlisted two groups of companies: Bow Transit Connectors and City Link Partners to compete for the contract.

According to the Green Line Board, one of the consortiums will be selected in early 2023 as the development partner, which will then trigger a 12-month development phase to collaborate on a design, costs, schedule and determine risks.

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Still no plans to make Day for Truth and Reconciliation a stat holiday in Sask.

First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Minister Don McMorris says the province has no plans to make National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a provincial statutory holiday.

“Our government has decided not to move on that but really encourage people to recognize and respect the day,” McMorris said Thursday at Miyo-wîcîwitowin Day in Regina.

“It means so much to so many and is such a dark part of our history that people take the time to recognize the day without making it a provincial holiday.”

Pressed on the idea, McMorris said there’s “lots of reasons” why his government isn’t taking that action.

“I think you could say instead of isolating it as Orange Shirt Day there are many days that you can pause and respect what went on with residential schools,” he said.

“When you look at our overall compliment of stat holidays in Saskatchewan, we are among the leaders of all provinces for stat holidays and really felt this is a personal one on which you can reflect in your own way.”

The day was declared a federal stat last year, entitling federally regulated workers to the holiday.

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Some are critical of that position.

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour is currently petitioning to make the day a holiday, saying doing so “will provide working people with the opportunity to use the day to learn, quietly reflect, or participate in reconciliation events in their communities.

On Thursday, at miyo-wîcîwitowin Day in Regina, Assembly of First Nations Chief RoseAnne Archibald shared her thoughts on the subject.

“I would hope that over time all these provinces would eventually see the importance of having this as a holiday so people can take that time to reflect and pause,” she said.

“And really understand the truth of this country. That genocide happened here. That these institutions are former institutions of assimilation and genocide.”

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Meanwhile, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy Lecturer Danette Starblanket says the focus should instead be on honouring truth and reconciliation every day.

“Is it a day off? That’s my question,” she told Global News earlier this week at a University of Regina panel discussion discussion on the future of Indigenous self-government.

“It should be every day. And if we give people the idea that, you’ve had the day off, you should be thinking about what this means. you want that every day. I don’t really have a position, on whether or not it should be a holiday,  to raise their voices and push it forward.”

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Hundreds gather for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation walk

WATCH: For the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the Syilx Okanagan Nation invited residents to step up and support victims of Indian Residential Schools.

For the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the Syilx Okanagan Nation invited residents to support victims of Indian Residential Schools.

The “Walk for the Children” started at the Penticton Peach where over 200 people donned their brightly coloured shirts in support of survivors and those who lost their lives in residential schools.

“The amount of orange shirts show the acknowledgement of this day and what it means to our people. It’s the next step like we’ve all been in grief since the bodies were found,” said Debra Crow.

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The five-kilometre walk was another form of raising awareness about the ongoing trauma.

“The stories are painful but that’s our lives, that’s how we’ve come up,” said Lower Similkameen Indian Band Chief Keith Crow.

“My grandmother was in residential school and I’m still feeling the effects of it now as we move on. I pray that our younger generations come up, they’re gonna start feeling it less and less but they’ll never forget.”

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The Penticton Indian Band says resources and education have grown over the recent years but the next step they want is action.

“I hear far too often that they want to carry out discussions in the spirit of truth and reconciliation and that’s all they say but there’s no real substantive action behind that,” said Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel.

Since the recent discovery of unmarked graves, many people have asked how they can show support and while there’s not just one solution, the band believes showing compassion is a good way to start.

“Part of grief is there’s anger, denial, avoidance, you name it. It’s really hard to stop and help those people understand what they can do. What they can do is support us, what they can do is love us unconditionally,” said Debra Crow.

“Truth and reconciliation, it’s the truth. Stand up hear the truth, research the truth and educate yourself.”

The walk concluded at the Syilx Indian Residential School monument.

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Powwow takes place at SaskTel Centre for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Saskatoon Tribal Council organized a Powwow at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. Dancing and drumming took place followed by a few words reflecting on the advancement of Indigenous reconciliaion. The event was well attended with Canadian country musician George Canyon making an appearance as well as Saskatoon’s Mayor Charlie Clark.

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Hundreds of Saskatchewan teachers welcomed into Indigenous communities

Over 320 teachers and staff members from the Northeast School Division visited neighboring Indigenous communities Friday to learn about how they can take reconciliation into the classroom.

Sharon Meyer, one of the organizers of the event works as the First Nation and Metis consultant in the Northeast School Division. She wanted to give teachers the chance to become students on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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“I thought what better way to create relationships and experiences,” Meyer said. “Many teachers have never been in a first nations school or on a first nations location. This is an opportunity to share in the presence of our first nation teachers, knowledge keepers, and elders in their home territory.

In total, four different Indigenous communities were visited by the staff. 84 of them made their way to Muskoday First Nation, while others travelled to Cumberland House Metis Nation, Kenaston, and One Arrow.

At Muskoday First Nations School, teachers began the morning with an assembly talking about the importance of the day and sharing their stories.

“This is something that has been a long time coming,” said Elwin Bear, a Kindergarten to Grade 12 and post-secondary education coordinator for Muskoday First Nation.

“And to have (these school divisions) come in, it shows they are willing to listen and learn what actions need to be taken in their school division in order to help not just Indigenous children but all children that we share this earth.”

Teachers were also given the opportunity to go through workshops with elders, drummers and ribbon skirt makers.

For Meyers, she said it is a chance for teachers to learn why it is important and how to implement it in the classroom.

“For classroom teachers, they are instilling this knowledge into the students who will become our leaders and I think they are doing a really good job about building that background for students,” Meyers said.

For teachers in attendance such as Melissa McFarland, a kindergarten teacher at Brunswick Elementary School, it was a day to learn and reflect.

“For so long the truth has been hidden and in order to move forward in reconciliation, we have to understand the truth and bring the truth forward,” she said. “We are here to spend time and listen and learn the truth about residential schools and (what) our step is in moving forward to build relationships in reconciliation.”

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Meyers hopes the teachers leave Muskoday with a better sense of understanding of truth and reconciliation they can share with their students. But amongst all the lessons that were taught, Meyers has a special one for teachers.

“Truth and reconciliation is all about building relationships and it’s about action,” she said. “I have this motto that reconciliation is a noun, but your actions and ability to make it come alive makes it into a verb.”

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