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NEWS Briefs: Museum seeking space-themed art


Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre in Fort Smith is teaming up with the Canadian Space Agency for an exhibit in the late fall or early winter.

As part of the exhibit, the museum is planning to display space-themed art done by members of the public, and is inviting people to make submissions.

It will be collecting artwork until Sept. 28.

The artwork must match the space theme.

HOBAGO tournament coming to Fort Smith
Thebacha/Fort Smith

Fort Smith's first-annual HOBAGO tournament – consisting of hockey, baseball and golf – is set for Sept. 28 to 30.

The coed tri-sport tournament will have six teams of 12-14 players per team.

Organizers plan to create two schedules – one for the tri-sport tournament and another in case the weather turns inclement to continue as an all-hockey tournament.


DKFN advises members payout won't be soon
Deninu Ku'e/Fort Resolution

Fort Resolution's Deninu Ku'e First Nation (DKFN) is advising members they will have to wait a long time for any possible payout under the so-called 'plows and cows' section of Treaty 8.

DKFN issued a statement on Sept. 6 explaining the process of negotiating with the federal government. The statement was prompted by some band members watching what is happening at K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN), which voted Sept. 5 on approving a payout and establishing a trust fund. (That vote is currently under appeal.)

"We understand that due to KFN's recent settlement being in the news that DKFN members are expecting a similar payout right away," reads the statement from DKFN. "However, please be aware that this is a lengthy process, which we are in the initial stages of and each First Nation's claim is a separate one."

The statement included an update on DKFN's Treaty 8 Agricultural Benefits Claim from a band lawyer.

The lawyer noted DKFN is preparing a legal claim for financial compensation from Canada for failing to provide agricultural tools for use on reserve lands as promised under Treaty 8.

Similar claims of other First Nations have taken many years to result in a financial settlement.
Deninu Ku'e hired an historian and a lawyer in 2017 to research and prepare the claim, and their work is expected to be finished in late 2018 or early 2019.

Once the claim is submitted to the federal government, it has up to three years to do its own research, and accept or reject the claim for negotiation.