Opasquia Times News
The University College of the North (UCN) Wellington & Madeleine Spence Memorial Library at the Thompson campus completed a 16-week long digitization project to create an online archive titled Elder’s Traditional Knowledge. The project in partnership with the Keewatin Tribal Council was made possible through the Libraries and Archives Canada’s funding Listen, Hear Our Voices. The initiative preserves valuable audio and video recordings that reflect Northern Manitoba’s Indigenous culture, heritage, and language.
UCN is operating a low (near-net-zero) energy greenhouse on The Pas campus.
The construction of the greenhouse began in 2020 in partnership with the Composites Innovations Centre (recently rebranded as CIC Engineering) with the primary purpose of strengthening food sovereignty, community health, and student learning opportunities within northern communities.
The near-net-zero facility uses Biofibre blocks as the main heat reservoir. The blocks absorb light energy and heat the building with minimal energy input.
The Town of The Pas and members of The Pas Fire Department are at odds over the recent decision for the Town to part ways with Fire Chief Randy Manych.
Due to a refusal by the Town to disclose most details of personnel issues, the Town has released few details about its’ decision to terminate Manych. Last Monday however, during a regularly scheduled Town council meeting, members of the fire department attended to voice their displeasure with Manych no longer being part of the department, as well as feeling as though they and the community have been left in the dark on what the path forward is for fire protection services in The Pas as well as who will fill the crucial position. Manych also served as the Town’s building inspector, leaving two vital safety roles unfilled.
A local Indigenous pop-rock trio from Opaskwayak Cree Nation has recently released a new single and the song is gaining traction from audiences everywhere. Low Budget Rock Star released their new single Sunglasses and it has a message that everyone can relate to about their own personal insecurities.
“The inspiration for Sunglasses came from an event in life where I had met someone and asked them to take off their sunglasses, because I thought they looked better without them,” said Low Budget Rock Star Singer and Guitarist Kennie Henderson.
The Sam Waller Museum has partnered with On This Spot to launch an exciting new tool that allows people to explore the history of The Pas in an exciting new way. The launch of this coverage right before the summer provides the perfect opportunity for people to get outside and engage with the town's story.
Those who download this free app will be able to view over 100 carefully mapped out and restaged historic photos of The Pas.
A true crime podcast series has taken an interest in a 50-year-old MMIWG case that happened in The Pas. Canadian True Crime released its three-part podcast on the murder of Helen Betty Osborne last month. Canadian True Crime is an independent podcast that airs two episodes a month. On average, it draws in 250,000 listeners per episode and has had over 50 million downloads in total.
“Canadian True Crime podcast is a scripted anthology series, with each episode written from facts curated mainly from secondary sources like court documents and news archives,” said Canadian True Crime Producer Kristi Lee. “It’s an immersive format that takes listeners through each story from beginning to end and often includes an analysis of media coverage and the impact the crime had on the community.” Lee was drawn to the social injustices towards Canada’s Indigenous population. Canadian True Crime has had previous episodes involving crimes against Indigenous people, and every time Lee works on one, she comes across the racial tension that still divides people on the issues today.
Delegates from the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) travelled to Rome on April 18 to meet with Pope Francis. This was a separate meeting from the group of Indigenous delegates who met with the Pope earlier and received a long overdue, but historic apology for the trauma inflicted by residential schools in Canada.
The MMF selected delegates that were cabinet members, Metis elders and youth, as well as residential school survivors and some bishops to embark on this journey.