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Presiding at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new SINCO
operation at Beardy's Reserve were, left to right: Senator
Hannah Kingfisher; Elder Hilliard Iyahsoo; Doug Cuthand,
President of SINCO Developments Ltd.; Chief Andy Michael,
cutting the ribbon; Sol Sanderson, Chief of Federation of
Saskatchewan Indians; and Elder Veronique Gamble.
Chief Solomon Sanderson of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians followed with a welcoming address to the visitors and band members, stating this was just one step forward in regaining our right to economic development.
Following Chief Sanderson's address, President of SINCo Development, Doug Cuthand elaborated on SINCo's future plans. Piapot Band has put in its request for a similar project. Long term plans include building railroad ties for nationwide: distribution.
Chief of Beardy's Band, Andy Michael added his welcome to the visitors. He expressed his thanks to the F.S.I. Executive and to his Band staff for their input in making SINCO Building Supplies a reality.
SINCO Developments Ltd.'s General Manager, Pat Woods explained that the supplies depot offering top quality material at competitive prices, represents only one of a number of companies owned by SINCO. Tentative plans are to sell to the Indian housing market and ho the general construction market. He concluded by congratulating Chief Andy Michael and his staff for their endeavors.
Representative Dick Forer from Special -ARDA read a Telex from Minister Pierre Debonnet expressing his congratulation and best wishes.
Unfortunately there was no representation from Indian Affairs.
Mr. Don Bendig, Department of Northern Saskatchewan, spoke on behalf of Jerry Hammersmith, who was unable to attend due to a previous commitment to attend a similar opening in Deschambault. Mayor of Duck Lake, Alex Barabo, was also present.
Gerald Gamble, Manager for SINCO Building Supplies did a fine job of acting as Master of Ceremonies.
SINCO Building Supplies was built through an agreement between SINCO and the Chief and Council of the Beardy's Band. All business is conducted through the Saskatoon office. SINCO handles bulk materials, housing packages and blueprints; the company can also design any size building such as a Band office, arena, etc. SINCO leases trucks to transport supplies. The company generates many employment opportunities for Indian people besides providing supplies, services and profits to Bands.
A lovely buffet style luncheon and refreshments concluded the afternoon ceremony.