New publication to cover 'big issues' in Treaty 4 territory

Former CBC journalist Mervin Tweed is the editor of Treaty 4 News, a new publication that will cover First Nations issues across a vast swath of southern Saskatchewan.

Treaty 4 News will launch first issue later this month

Treaty 4 News is expected to release its debut issue later this month. (Mervin Brass)

A newspaper that will cover Aboriginal issues across a large swath of southern Saskatchewan is set to launch later this month.

Treaty 4 News is the brainchild of Mervin Brass, a Saskatoon resident and former CBC journalist, who grew up on the Key First Nation.

"I'm bringing a product that's unique," Brass told Saskatoon Morning's Leisha Grebinski.

Mervin Brass is the editor of Treaty 4 News, a newspaper covering First Nations issues across Treaty 4 territory in southern Saskatchewan. (CBC Saskatoon/Jeremy Smith)

Treaty 4 covers much of southern Saskatchewan, from the province's western border with Alberta and Montana all the way east into Manitoba.

"Nobody else is telling the stories from Treaty 4," he said. "Nobody else has a direct link to the people living in the Treaty 4 territory."

The treaty itself was signed 140 years ago this August — an anniversary that Brass says he's looking forward to covering in-depth.

The paper will also focus on "big issues," like inadequate education and housing for First Nations, as well as stories about "good people doing good things in those communities."

"Those are the stories that people need to hear," Brass said.

The first edition of Treaty 4 News is set to come out on June 22.