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Vern Bellegarde

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      OCTOBER 1984      ELECTION SPECIAL p11
Vern Bellegarde Mr. Bellegarde is currently completing his first term as the District Representative for the Touchwood/File Hills District/Qu'Appelle District. Mr. Bellegarde works out of the Treaty Administration Centre at Fort Qu'Appelle, which is owned and operated by the District Chiefs.

During his administration the District has adopted the Financial and Personnel Management Acts. The District has also signed the Convention and the Executive Council is in place. The President is Vern Bellegarde; Vice-President is Eldon Bellegarde; Secretary - Melvin Isnana; and Treasurer - Chief Roland Crowe.

The focus that the District is placing is on strategic planning, especially on resource development. The District is also constructing an Economic Development strategy, particularly on direction as to business ventures the District could explore. Matt Bellegarde has been developing these planning and training strategies for bands from which the people of the District would benefit.

The District has many programs in operation. The Native Language Program has been implemented in the band schools. Also, three people are employed solely for curriculum development. The Indian Housing Commission chaired by Chief Roland Crowe has been very active. Currently, they have three people trained as Housing Inspectors under the Indian Housing Commission umbrella. The Saskatchewan Indian Training Program, also housed in the Treaty Administration Centre, has also achieved great success. It hopes to graduate the first class of Recreation Technology graduates next spring.

Mr. Bellegarde also sits on various provincial boards. Here he does not represent just the District, but all Indian people. Mr. Bellegarde plans to keep informed on all developments in the District. He feels that his administrative skills and public relations experience have helped him immensely in his work. He plans to continue working with the Chiefs to bring their concerns to the proper authorities.