Brad Bellegarde

Reporter for CBC Indigenous based in Saskatchewan

Born and raised in Treaty 4 Territory, he holds an Indian Communication Arts Certificate from the First Nations University of Canada and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Regina. Follow him on Twitter @BBellegardeCBC

Latest from Brad Bellegarde

Head Start gets new start as Star Blanket Cree Nation opens new early learning centre

Young children at Star Blanket Cree Nation finally have a new building to learn in and leaders in the community couldn't be more happy.

Sask. First Nation kids head to New Zealand to learn about Treaty of Waitangi

A class from Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan is going to New Zealand to learn about Maori culture and the Treaty of Waitangi, which founded the country.

First Nation housing managers hope to improve housing situation with help from new CMHC program

A group of housing managers from 14 different First Nations were recognized in Edmonton on Friday for completing training that they hope will help them improve the housing situation in their home communities.

Whitecap Dakota First Nation signs framework agreement for treaty with Canada

A historic agreement between Canada and a Saskatchewan First Nation was signed earlier this week, setting the stage for the Whitecap Dakota First Nation — and potentially other Dakota nations in the province — to negotiate a treaty with the Crown.

Meet Brigette Lacquette, the 1st First Nations woman on Canada's Olympic hockey team

Brigette Lacquette, a member of the Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan, once played for Yorkton Tribal Council at the Saskatchewan First Nations Winter Games.

'Speak goodness into your life': Former gang member now aims to save lives with suicide-prevention message

Mental health advocate Andrew Bear brought a simple, but positive, message to students at Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation this week — one he hopes will save lives.

Sask. First Nation says it's ready to challenge province's pot jurisdiction

Some First Nation communities that were left off Saskatchewan's list of places eligible for a cannabis retail store say they may open stores anyway, challenging provincial jurisdiction over reserve land when it comes to pot.

Carry the Kettle First Nation sues Sask., Ottawa; wants consultation over land development

Carry the Kettle First Nation is suing the federal government and Saskatchewan over development that infringes on their members' treaty right to hunt and gather.

Status First Nations to remain tax exempt on marijuana sales on reserve land

First Nations people with a valid certificate of Indian Status card will not have to pay tax on marijuana sales when buying it from a business located on reserve land.
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Métis educator sets up tent in classroom to share his grandparents' experience with students

A Métis educator in Saskatoon is finding the best way to connect students with the culture is to tell his family's story in a unique setting.

First Nations in Saskatchewan question provincial jurisdiction over marijuana sales

First Nations in Sasakatchewan are wondering why the province has jurisdiction over cannabis retail on-reserve.

Treaty 4 group sees hope for better on-reserve education in new agreement with Indigenous Services

The chair of the Treaty 4 Education Alliance is encouraged by a letter of understanding (LOU) signed with Canada's Indigenous Services minister, which he says is a roadmap to better meeting the needs of First Nations when it comes to on-reserve education.

Regina elder told she's not allowed to smudge in her home by property manager

A Regina woman says she was shocked and confused when she received a letter from her property manager that said smudging was not allowed in her home.

University of Regina honoured with eagle staff for efforts toward reconciliation

An eagle staff with 22 eagle feathers was presented to the president of the University of Regina on Monday, in recognition of the school's commitment to Indigenous Peoples.

Petition to exonerate Chief Poundmaker gains support from AFN, Sask.'s FSIN

Poundmaker Cree Nation chief and council start petition to have chief Poundmaker exonerated from his 1885 conviction of treason felony