Release Date: September 22, 2004
Media Contact: James Duggleby
Phone: (306) 585-5439
Fax: (306) 585-4997
New book to profile First Nations people who made a difference
Canadian Plains Research Centre is publishing Saskatchewan First Nations: Lives Past and Present, the first in a new series of books about Saskatchewan people who have made a difference. 

Edited by Christian Thompson, the series of alphabetically arranged thumbnail biographies recognizes and celebrates the vital and ever-growing contributions of First Nations people to Saskatchewan and its cultural mosaic. Included with the profiles of more than 125 First Nations people are brief histories of the development in Saskatchewan of First Nations politics, education, health care, sports and media. 

From Big Bear to Buffy Sainte-Marie, Saskatchewan First Nations: Lives Past and Present documents the personal histories and achievements of aboriginal people from all walks of life. It will be a handy, quick reference companion for teachers, students, media, or anyone with an interest in First Nations people. 

Other titles to watch for in the Saskatchewan Lives Past and Present series include profiles of Saskatchewan writers, politicians, sports, and agriculture. 

Saskatchewan First Nations: Lives Past and Present will be launched at the first-ever Aboriginal Writing Festival at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Sept. 30 in Saskatoon, and in Regina at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on Oct. 7. For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact Jean Gordon at (306) 477-1640 or by e-mail at