Ones 2 Watch is a regular Treaty 4 News feature that keeps n eye on the accomplishments of people doing the things that they love doing. The people that have made the Ones 2 Watch list include academics, bankers, athletes, entertainers, and the list is growing with politicians, entrepreneurs and trades people. If somebody you know belongs on this list, let us know!

 

Pauline Clarke

OTW Jan 2016 Pauline-Clark-2_WEBPauline Clarke first hit the airwaves in 2002 keeping people connected in her community of Southend, Saskatchewan.

Clarke and a friend, Robert Merasty, started the local radio station, Reindeer Lake Communications.

She is on the air Monday to Friday from 10 a.m – noon and 3-5 p.m. Her program includes public service announcements, current events, job postings, contests, and even calls out to kids who need to check in at home. The station also helps out in emergencies, holding fundraisers to help out people in need.

She announces everything in Cree and English.

“If you’re going to be a community radio, I think everyone should be able to understand you,” she said.

She helped to start another station in Stanley Mission, which went on air September 10, 2013. Now she is looking to help the next generation find a career in radio.

“After all these years, I’m finally going to be sponsoring a scholarship at the grade 12 graduation to a student that’s going to be going in to communications,” she said.

Listen to Reindeer Lake Communications online at cirl.streamon.fm

 

Dray Sparvier

OTW Jan 2016 Drey-Sparvier_WEBDray Sparvier is only 11-years old but he already knows he wants to be a professional golfer.

Sparvier loves golf and hopes one day to go professional like his favourite players, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

Sparvier started playing when he was just three years old, taking to the greens at Last Oak on Cowessess First Nation and later on the Joanne Goulet course in Regina.

He’s been playing in the Maple Leaf Junior Tour and the Canadian Junior Golf Association in the Peewee category for ages 11-12.

Sparvier says he’s done “pretty good,” coming in second and third in tournaments.

He played in the First Nation Summer Games on Ochapowace First Nation last summer in the Bantam Men (U13) category finishing second.

During the winter months, he keeps his skills sharp at the First Tee, playing simulated golf, and knows what he wants to improve.

“Get more birdies because that’s what I was struggling on.”

He has a dream for his future: “Be a professional golfer and make it to the PGA.”

 

Cadmus Delorme

OTW Jan 2016 Cadmus-Delorum_WEBCadmus Delorme first hit the spotlight in 2010 during the First Nations University of Canada funding crisis.

Delorme spoke out on behalf of the students association making local and national headlines protesting the federal government’s proposed funding cuts to the university.

In April 2012, Delorme became the student recruitment officer for FNUniv. In 2013, he graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business and Public Administration and a Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming Management. Now he’s working toward his Master’s Degree in Public Administration as well as holding down his job.

Delorme is a member of Cowessess First Nation, but also recognizes being from the Ochapowace Nation where his mother is from.

“I don’t let any government tell me I’m just from one nation,” he said.

He also did a TEDx Regina Talk on that topic titled Owning My Identity.

His natural ability for public speaking, combined with his passion to help First Nations are preparing him for a new goal.

“I’ve always had a passion for politics, for bureaucracy, for nations lifting one another,” he said.

Right now, he’s still deciding what political arena to enter.

“I know I have options. My goal is to help lift First Nations people into great opportunities where we do belong,” he said.

 

Heather O’Watch

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Heather O’Watch has her targets in sight.

Last fall, she spent four months on an aboriginal youth internship in Colombia through Canada World Youth.

During this time, she took two weeks off to compete in archery at the first World Indigenous Games in Brazil.

She picked up the sport in 2013, and competed in the First Nation Summer Games, and then in the North American Indigenous Games in Regina in 2014.

Like the internship, she discovered the games in Brazil through her own research. She became part of Team Canada and was the only female archer in the games.

“I was hoping to participate as an athlete and compete, but because of Brazilian indigenous tribes, it’s kind of a sacred culture custom for women not to hunt or be near a bow and arrow, so

the indigenous men of Brazil wouldn’t compete with me,” she said.

Instead, she gave a demonstration, but hopes to compete in the next games when they take place in Canada.

The Okanese First Nation member is a student at the First Nations University in the Indian Communications Arts program.

“I’m really hoping in the future to work on an international level with journalism or with international relations,” she said.

 

Joely BigEagle

OTW-Jan-2016-Joely-BigEagle-_WEBJoely BigEagle has a paper pinned to a bulletin board in her office; it’s a vision of the businesses she wants to start. She’s well on her way to making it all happen.

The entrepreneur from the White Bear First Nation opened Tatanka Boutique in April 2013.

The Regina based store features clothing, jewellery and art by First Nations and Metis artists, and the clothing line Neechie Gear.

She has no formal training, but has been designing clothing for about 20 years, everything from Halloween costumes to formal and ceremonial outfits. She is becoming more involved with fashion shows, and is working on one taking place in the spring.

Next to the boutique is her second business, the Singing Winds gallery, a commercial art gallery that also exclusively features First Nation and Metis artists.

Last January, BigEagle incorporated Tatanka Enterprises. She started a non-profit organization, Buffalo People Arts Institute, and began holding workshops and training on tanning buffalo hides.

“We’ve done community workshops with Sakimay, White Bear, First Nations University and an informal one at agribition,” said BigEagle.

The workshops and training take Tatanka Enterprises one-step further in her goal for sharing culture, and already, there is a demand.

BigEagle said that a school in Regina has already contacted them to come in monthly, and they are booked up for July and August to hold workshops.

 

Terrance Sunshine

OTW Jan 2016 Terrance-Sunshine_WEBTerrance Sunshine has the skills and qualifications that make him a valued tradesman in the world of industrial painting.

The Fishing Lake First Nation member completed his Journeyman Certificate last spring in Winnipeg, Manitoba, earning his Red Seal as a Painter and Decorator.

Sunshine got his start painting when his brother offered him a job and after about five years he decided to make it a career.

“As a Red Seal Journeyman, I had to take three years of apprenticeship, so for each year you go to school for two months,” said Sunshine. “You go through tons of stuff in regards to painting. Each level you take a final exam, you pass it you move on to the next. After I passed my level three exam, I wrote my interprovincial.”

Sunshine is currently working for Park Derochie at the K+S Potash Canada Legacy Site northeast of Regina.

“I’m still learning, I don’t know everything,” he said. “The goal is to continue on learning my trade and take the training necessary.”

In February, Sunshine is registered to take the Coatings Inspector Level 1 class, a job that would open doors to the global job market.

“Its basically a guy that’s off the tools, the only tools are dry film gauges, wet film gauges, we test the temperature, how thick the film is,” said Sunshine. “It’s definitely needed for industrial because you’re working with million dollar projects, multi-million dollar projects.”

 

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