Hey, looks like the back of winter has finally broken. I can't wait to see the magical transformation that comes with spring and the renewal of plant and animal life. Yes, to see the green grass and trees, rippling waters and my return to the land on my trusty old steed called 'War Pony' (my mountain bike).
They're back! March 17 at Slave Lake Friendship Centre and the Enoch and Alexander reserves; Mar. 31 at Beaver Lake and Apr. 28 at Boyle St. Community in Edmonton. Two recent ones in Edmonton were the Nor'Quest College one and Alexander Reserve on Mar. 3.
Sports fans, listen up! Especially if you're into hockey. Ya gotta get over to West Edmonton Mall on Mar. 18. That's when Grant Fuhr, whose mom hails from Enoch, will be at the ice rink. When Fuhr played with the Oilers during the mid and latter 1980s, he was considered the best net minder in the world.
Speaking of hockey, the Federation of Metis Settlements' annual Federation Cup tournament is scheduled to go ahead Apr. 18 at the Campbell Park Arena in St. Albert. Hope to see ya there!
Marvin Dodginghorse informs me that May 3 to 6 are the dates for this year's Byron Dodginghorse 2001 Memorial 8-ball Pool Tournament. It goes ahead at the Tsuu T'ina Reserve's Seven Chiefs Arena and is open to males and females in single and team categories of competition. There'll also be an 18-and-under division for singles only. You can call Bernadine at 403-251-6727.
Siksika First Nation, about an hour's drive east of Calgary, has come to an agreement with the province for the take-over of its own child welfare services. Chief Adrian Stimson says he sees the move as another milestone in the band's "drive towards a greater deal of self-determination."
While on the subject of Siksika, the band has set Mar. 30 as its deadline for entries to its annual Basketball tournament in Calgary. The event happens April 17-21 at a site TBA. For more info, call 1-800-551-5724 ext. 5315.
Centre wants you
The Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton has called for a special general meeting to update members on its operations. People are asked to attend, ask questions, request info, suggest future directions.
Country singer Terri Clark, a Metis originally from Medicine Hat, now makes Calgary home. On March 4 at the Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., she won a Juno as Best Country Female Artist, beating out top contenders such as the perennial favourite, Shania Twain.
An emergency relief fund in Edmonton has been established to help Aboriginal families in El Salvador with food, shelter, medical supplies and reconstruction. Entitled Change for Children, the project is seeking our reader's support. If you can contribute or wish additional info, call 780-473-8270 or 473-2313 or write to Change For Children at 10545-92 St., Edmonton T5H 1V1.
Tthe Dene uranium ore carriers exhibit in the fine arts building at the University of Alberta, Edmonton is over March 12. The exhibit pays tribute to Aboriginals who packed out ore from the mines at Great Bear Lake to Fort McMurray where it went during the Second World War in the production of munitions. Many of the Native ore carriers died of cancer. Gallery manager Brian Brennan said the display was well attended and that a lot of people had been totally unaware of this part of history.