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Urban Indians Formally Adhere To F.S.I.

Lorna Standingready

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1979      v09 n11-12 p17  
A Local of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians was officially formed in Regina on Tuesday, October 2, 1979 for the purposes of organizing a group of concerned off-reserve Treaty Indians who want to work under the direct supervision of the Touchwood/File Hills/Fort Qu'Appelle District Indian Chiefs in defining and planning ways of meeting the various needs of off- reserve Treaty Indians in Regina.

Five executive officers were elected by the assembly: Ms. Lorna Standingready - President, Mr. Edward Bear - Vice-President, Ms. Caroline Goodwill - Councillor, Mr. Glen Gordon - Councillor and Ms. Pat Goodwill - Councillor to carry out the administrative and other needs of Treaty Indians living in Regina.

The main objectives of this newly-formed FSI Local in Regina are to assist the Touchwood/File Hills/Fort Qu'Appelle District Indian Chiefs in the protection of Indian Treaty Rights and other Rights and to work within this legal jurisdiction at all times. This Local will also be instrumental in creating an awareness of Indian Treaty Rights and other Rights to Urban Treaty, Indians and acting on their expressed wishes and concerns.

Another FSI Local meeting was organized on Sunday, November 4, 1979 in the city and a number of Indian Chiefs from the Touchwood/ File Hills/Fort Qu'Appelle District as well as FSI Chief, Sol Sanderson, were in attendance and lending their support towards mutual planning for the benefit of all Treaty Indian people whether they reside on or off the reserves.

The FSI Local executive officers attended a meeting, by invitation, of the Touchwood/File Hills/Fort Qu'Appelle District Indian Chiefs on Monday, November 19, 1979 at Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. This particular meeting was a success and other gatherings of this nature are being planned.

-LORNA STANDINGREADY