When I started reporting for Treaty 4 News in the summer of 2014, I was excited to bring stories to readers about events like the 140th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 4, and the return of the Treaty 4 medal to the territory at a time that coincided with the anniversary. Returning to journalism was exhilarating, and I was happy to be part of this new venture.

That fall, the Treaty 4 News web site was launched, and I was honoured to be asked to serve as web editor for the paper. I was responsible for ensuring that all the stories that ran in the print version of the paper were also online, as well as other news of the day. Eventually Treaty 4 News made the switch to strictly being an online publication, and our online published stories increased substantially.

Whether bringing readers stories of celebrations or tragedies, our primary concern was providing you, the reader, with fair, balanced stories that provided information relevant to the communities in Treaty 4, and the province.

For the past two-and-a-half years, it has been my privilege to be in the position of web editor, to work with the editor and the contributing reporters who have helped bring stories to you, stories that were often exclusive to Treaty 4 News, and covered in a way to bring a voice to First Nations communities.

Change is the only true constant in life, and as change has come to Treaty 4 News, I wish to say a fond farewell to the reporters who contributed stories, to the readers for looking to us as their news source, and to the editor, Mervin Brass, for the opportunity to be part of Treaty 4 News.

Thank you.

Judy Bird

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