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New Community Facility For Moose Woods

Gloria Ledoux

Chief Elizabeth Royal New Community Facility
for Moose Woods
Chief Elizabeth Royal (above)
and the Sioux Travellers
Singers (right) from
Pipestone, Manitoba
Sioux Travellers Singers

"My dream has finally come true after five long years," Chief Elizabeth Royal told guests, visitors and band members at the official opening of the combined band office/health clinic facility.

Opening ceremonies included a pipe ceremony and blessing of the building by Elder, Antoine Sand from the Saskatoon District Chiefs Tribal Council office.

A flag raising ceremony of both the Union Jack and the Canadian Flag was performed by Chief Phillip Ledoux from Mistawasis and Councillor Donald Royal while the Sioux Traveller singers from Pipestone, Manitoba sang the honor song. The flag raising ceremony and ribbon cutting ceremonies concluded with a round dance where everyone was invited to participate. Elder Paul Littlecrowe a veteran and former championship cowboy, cut the ribbon to officially open the band office/health centre complex.

Presentations of plaques and gifts were made by Joanne Myers on behalf of medical services, Joe Quewezance, newly elected representative of the Saskatoon District Chiefs Council, George Peeace, Treasurer of the FSIN, Chief Wadidika from Wahpeton Band, Chief Albert Scott for Kinistin Band, alternate chief Herman Crain from John Smith Band.

In her closing remarks Chief Royal thanked the funding agencies; for the combined effort by Indian Affairs and Health and Welfare services for "being able to work together and achieve positive solutions"

Elder Louis Chaska from Pipestone, Manitoba blessed the food. Chief Royal presented Harvey Smith, a recently retired Band Management Office from the Saskatoon District office, with a token gift of appreciation.

The Moose Woods Band also known as Sioux Whitecap is a 20 minute drive from Saskatoon and a band population of 155. Band staff are guidance counsellor, Calette Eagle; NNADAP worker, Verna Royal; CHR Victorine Royal; Consultant Randal Martin; Principal, Doris Sparvier; Teacher Associate, Loretta Whitecap; Security personnel, Lorne Bear, Allan Buffalo, Floyd Royal; Maintenance Person, Willis Royal.

Moose Woods also houses the accounting offices of FSIN, SIIT, SICC and the Saskatoon District Tribal Council.