The Star-Phoenix, April 27, 2016
Every time Phillip McLeod went boating along the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan, he saw huge cleared areas along the forested riverbank.
Curious about who had once tamed the land, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band member told the elders what he’d seen.
“They said ‘That used to be our garden,’ ” McLeod recalls. They told him stories of using dynamite to blast away rocks and trees and of nurturing a wide range of crops including strawberries, melons, potatoes and carrots.
Biggest exodus of its kind ever in Saskatchewan, Red Cross says
CBC News, July 06, 2015
More than 13,000 people have been forced from their homes due to northern Saskatchewan forest fires, in what is being called the biggest-ever wildfire evacuation in the province.
There are 112 fires burning in the province Monday, the Saskatchewan Environment Ministry says.
On the weekend, as forest fires crept closer to inhabited areas, a general evacuation for the La Ronge area was ordered.
That affects close to 8,000 people and is in addition to the more than 5,000 who were taken to emergency shelters in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and other centres earlier last week. Read the rest of this entry