PPPI Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday March 19 from 10 am to 4 pm, at the United Way Community Room, 1440 Scarth Street, Regina.

An agenda will be available shortly.

Grasslands Showing in Saskatoon

Thursday / Apr 16 / 7–9p.m.
Frances Morrison Central Library – Theatre
311-23rd St E, Saskatoon

Ian Toews’ documentary Grasslands is a love letter to the natural grasslands of Saskatchewan. Author Trevor Herriot will provide an update on the state of the province’s grassland ecosystems and the work of Public Pastures – Public Interest. Author Candace Savage will lead the discussion that follows. Refreshments are provided.

Presented by PPPI in partnership with Saskatoon Public Library.


PPPI 2015 AGM and Speakers

Saturday March 28, 2015
1:00 – 5:00 pm
United Way Building, 1440 Scarth St., Regina, Saskatchewan


1:00 Welcome & Introductions

1:15 Report on past year and upcoming focus

1:30 Speakers – What Are Pastures For?

− Philip Brass, Artist and traditional foods harvester: Indigenous peoples’ uses of pastures

− Chris Nykoluk, Retired (former Range Management Specialist, AESB-AAFC): Management of pastures for cattle production and conservation

− Pat Rediger, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Trails Association: Recreational use of pastures

2:15 Highlights of PFRA Pastures Transition Study

2:30 Fred Baran, Councillor, RM of Dundurn: Rural Municipalities and pastures

2:45 AGM business (closed to media)


Saskatchewan Grasslands – A Vanishing Landscape?

Friday, 28 March 2014

19:00, Royal Saskatchewan Museum

An illustrated talk by Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj:
Join Saskatchewan biologist and environmental photographer Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj on a journey of discovery through our diminishing prairie landscapes.

Temperate grasslands are one of the most altered and modified landscapes in the world. In Saskatchewan, as in all of North America, 80% of the original grasslands have been converted to crop production and other uses. Current economic forces and government policies are driving further conversion of grasslands to cropland.

In this beautifully illustrated presentation, Branimir will talk about the environmental and social costs of land use change, and the potential impact of habitat loss for prairie species at risk.

Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj is an internationally published outdoor and nature photographer specializing in Western Canadian landscapes. His photographs appear in magazines, calendars, book covers, corporate brochures and web sites. Branimir leads photography workshops and photo tours, and gives public presentations on photography, natural history and conservation biology topics.

The event is open to the general public and admission is free.

A reception and refreshments will follow the presentation.

Thanks are expressed to the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum for their support of this event.

The presentation takes place ahead of the Public Pastures – Public Interest AGM on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

For more information: Branimir Gjetvaj Photography –


Annual General Meeting

Saturday March 29, 2014, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

United Way Building, 1440 Scarth St., Regina, Saskatchewan

Come out and hear more about the pastures. Topics to be discussed:

The process of transfer from the federal to provincial government, the effects on the cattle producers who use the pastures and their communities, the effects on species at risk and habitat protection, oil and gas developments on the pastures, First Nations concerns and protecting heritage sites on the pastures.


 1:00     Welcome & Introductions

Opening Prayer and Welcome from Treaty Four (Elder Bob Smoker)

1:15     Speakers

−        Oil and gas developments and the community pastures (Dr. Emily Eaton)

−        Pasture transfer process (Ian McCreary, Community Pasture Patrons Association of Saskatchewan)

−        Preserving heritage sites on the pastures (Tomasin Playford, Saskatchewan Archaeological Society)

2:10     Break

2:20     Report on past year and updates on recent developments

(Topics: species at risk and habitat protection, concerns of First Nations, rural municipalities and the business community)

2:50     PPPI Financial Report

3:00     Election of PPPI Board

3:10     Objectives and Actions for 2014-2015

4:15     Other Business

4:30     Adjourn

E-mail: public4pastures (at)
Phone: 306-515-0460

June 26, 2013 – Come-and-go Reception, Val Marie, SK

Atwood event

June 21 – Party for Pastures Concert, Regina

  • What – A benefit concert to support the PPPI initiatives
  • When – Friday, June 21, 2013- doors open @ 7:00 PM
  • Where The Artesian (Regina)
  • Who – (rather than explain each amazing musician/band, check out these links):
  • How/Details?
    • Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (hoping to sell out long in advance so don’t delay!).
    • Tickets can be purchased in Regina at Mysteria Gallery (2706 13th Ave.) and Fresh Air Experience (532 Victoria Ave.).
    • Fully Licensed Venue
    • All Ages
    • 50/50
    • Silent Auction

June 24-28, 2013 – Prairie Passages Tour

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, two of Canada’s most acclaimed writers, and lifelong conservationists, are coming to Saskatchewan for the Prairie Passages Tour in June. More information here.

February 28-March 1, 2013 – Public Forum in Saskatoon on the Disposal of Saskatchewan’s Federal Community Pastures

This facilitated, open forum brings together key stakeholders and the public to discuss the future of our publicly owned community pastures

Keynote:  Thursday, February 28th – 7 p.m. 

Frances Morrison Library, 311-23rd Street E

Candace Savage, the best-selling author of Prairie: A Natural History and A Geography in Blood, will highlight the heritage of the PFRA pastures and their critical importance for grassland conservation.

Panel Forum: Friday, March 1st – 1-4 p.m.

Edwards School of Business – Georgia Goodspeed Theatre (Rm. 18), University of Saskatchewan

A panel discussion on the history and context of the community pastures, ecological and economic benefits, importance for species at risk, and First Nations interests in the land. Open microphone session to follow.

  • 1 pm: Introduction by Candace Savage
  • 1:10 – 1:35 p.m. – author and naturalist Trevor Herriot (Public Pastures – Public Interest)
  • 1:35 – 2:00 p.m. – Ian McCreary (Community Pasture Patrons  Association of Saskatchewan)
  • 2:00 – 2:10 break
  • 2:10 – 2:35 p.m. – Dr. Suren Kulshreshtha  (Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, U of Sask)
  • 2:35 – 3:00 p.m. – former FSIN Chief Roland Crowe (Piapot First Nation) and Carl Neggers (SM Solutions Inc.)
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – question period & open discussion

(note: each speaker has 20 min to give a presentation and answer  1-2 short questions, plus  5 min for speaker introduction & lost time)

Edwards School of Business is located at 25 Campus Drive (enter the University grounds at intersection of College and Wiggins Ave).

There are 4 hour parking meters across Campus Drive from the Edwards School of  Business.  Lot 1 (south of Place Riel), Lot 4 (NE of Education Building) and Parkade (in basement of Agriculture Building) have pay parking at $2 /hr.  Lot 4 tends to be least busy. View the campus map with venue and parking lot location here: UofS-venue-and-parking-map

Please call 306-382-2642 if you need more information.

Both events are free of charge – contributions to defray costs are welcome

Speaker Bios

Trevor Herriot

Trevor Herriot will present on behalf of the Public Pastures – Public Interest, a Saskatchewan citizens group and non-profit that draws together rural and urban people who share an interest in conserving public grasslands. Trevor is an amateur naturalist and writer. His fourth book, Past the Outskirts, will be published by HarperCollins next year at this time.

Mr. Herriot will provide an update on the status of transfer of federal PFRA community pastures to provincial control, in connection to the need for conservation and wider public interests in the pastures. His talk will outline about why the pastures should remain in the public domain and be managed professionally, He will look at the opportunities ahead of us and the risks if the pastures do not receive the kind of ownership and management system that will protect those wider public interests.

Ian McCreary

Ian McCreary operates a mixed farming operation with his wife Mary and two sons – Luke and Matthias.  The McCreary family have used the PFRA pastures for summer grazing since their inception.  Cattle were gathered from neighbours for a two day cattle drive to the original corral prior to the opening of the current headquarters of the Willner-Elbow pasture.  Ian will provide background on the formation of the Community Pasture Patron’s Association, the mandate of the association, and an update on the current work of pasture patrons in the association.  Ian holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Agriculture Economics.

Suren Kulshreshtha

Suren Kulshreshtha is a Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of  Saskatchewan. His interests lie in the area of climate change, greenhouse gas management, and valuation of environmental services.  During 1999 to 2008, he was hired to do economic valuation of various private and public (social) services from community pastures in the three Prairie Provinces.

Professor Kulshreshtha will report on the result of the various benefits and costs of the community pastures program. These would include various monetized benefits and as well as other non-monetizable benefits and costs of the community pastures program.

Rowland Crowe

Rowland Crowe was Chief of the FSIN 20 years ago and facilitated the 1992 signing of the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework between the Province and Saskatchewan First Nations. Given the nature and the cooperative intentions of the First Nation Sustainable Land Management Joint Venture initiative, the sponsoring Bands have asked former Chief Crowe to serve as the Steering Committee Chair. They believe his extensive experience, leadership, and cooperative problem-solving skills provide the right underpinnings for their collective intention and will help achieve the common goals for this initiative.

Carl Neggers

Carl Neggers is working with former Chief Crowe on this important sustainable development initiative serving as project facilitator. Carl is CEO of SM Solutions Inc. and brings over 30 years of strategic and executive management experience to this project.  He has led several major strategic and organizational transformations, including most recently serving as Director General, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Chief Crowe and Mr. Neggers  will give an overview of the First Nation Sustainable Land Management Joint Venture, a cooperative First Nations pasture management initiative that could demonstrate how provincial prosperity can be achieved using an approach that does not pit our economic growth against environmental integrity while being considerate and inclusive to the various stakeholder interests.

January 23, 2013: PFRA Community Pasture Patrons Meeting in Saskatoon

PFRA Community Pasture patron representatives from across Saskatchewan will attend an all-pastures meeting at Saskatoon on January 23rd to discuss transition of the PFRA and proposed sale or lease of these lands by the Province of Saskatchewan to individual patron groups.

Confirmed speakers at the Saskatoon all-patrons meeting will include:

  • Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture
  • Darrell Crabbe, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
  • Barry Lowe, Chair, Steering Committee for Association of Manitoba Community Pastures
  •  Mert Taylor, Agriculture |Union-PSAC (PFRA managers and riders)
  • Brad Michael and Krystine Lamotte, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN)

The all-patrons meeting will take place at Sutherland Hall, 1112 Central Avenue in Saskatoon on January 23/13. Doors open at 8:30 AM and the meeting will begin at 9:30 AM. The morning and noon sessions are open to the media. The afternoon session, beginning at 1:00 PM, is a closed meeting and will not be open to the media.


2 Responses to “Events”

  1. Kate Lindsay March 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    Would you post organized ride/drives in the community pastures? I would like to attend and bring friends. The more people who see the beauty of the pastures the more support there will be.

    • PFRA Poster March 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

      We will post those we hear about! The different pastures, depending on the group in charge, have different regulations around public access.

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