Stratford Play Looks At 500 Years Of Indigenous History

Credits: The Canadian Press

Published on Aug 18, 2017

Stratford production “The Breathing Hole” spans 500 years, starting from a polar bear’s birth in an Inuit community. Actor Miali Buscemi says she’s glad Indigenous characters are more frequently being portrayed by Indigenous people. (Aug. 17, 2017)
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Indigenous Writing Illustration Contest by Second Story Press

Monday, August 21, 2017

Toronto, ON – Second Story Press has announced its second Indigenous Writing and Illustration Contest. After the success of its 2015 contest, the press is once again looking for contemporary writing for a young reader audience that reflects the modern experience of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people. New to this year’s contest is a category for illustration, open to Canadian illustrators and artists. The 2015 contest resulted in two winning books: The Mask That Sang, a middle-grade novel by Susan Currie, and Stolen Words, a picture book by Melanie Florence, as well as a publishing contract for Joanne Robertson’s picture book The Water Walker.

To be eligible, entrants must identify as an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit) person; be 18 years of age or older; be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada; and be the sole creator and owner of the rights to the submitted work(s). We invite authors and artists to share the stories that reflect their unique lives, experiences, and perspectives by submitting their original, previously unpublished manuscripts for children or teens to Second Story Press. Illustrators and artists may submit their portfolios for consideration.

The contest is open from now until September 30, 2017. The winners of the contest will be chosen by a jury and announced later in the fall of 2017 and will each be offered publishing contracts from Second Story Press. The jurors for the competition will be particularly looking for stories with an urban setting. Both fiction and nonfiction will be accepted.

Second Story Press is dedicated to publishing independent, feminist-inspired books for adults and young readers. The press is known for representing strong female characters, diversity, and children’s empowerment.

Full contest details are available on Second Story’s website:


Media inquiries can be directed to:

Emma Rodgers

Second Story Press would like to acknowledge the support of the
Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Book Fund

OPG Recognizes Two Exceptional Indigenous Students

August 21, 2017

2017 John Wesley Beaver scholarship winners announced

Toronto – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proud to announce Bryer Twiss and Cameron Hartman as the 2017 recipients of the OPG John Wesley Beaver (JWB) Memorial Student Awards. The JWB Student Awards reflect OPG’s commitment to helping Indigenous youth in their field of post-secondary studies.

“These awards highlight Ontario Power Generation’s commitment to supporting Indigenous youth pursing higher education,” said Jeff Lyash, OPG President and CEO. “On behalf of Ontario Power Generation, I congratulate both Bryer and Cameron on their exceptional academic achievements and commitment to their communities.”

Bryer Twiss has completed a three-year diploma in Business Administration at Confederation College and will be attending Lakehead University this fall to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Following her studies, Twiss plans on obtaining her CPA designation and pursuing a career in accounting. Twiss is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and resides in Thunder Bay.

Cameron Hartman is a fourth-year student at the University of Ottawa studying Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power and Sustainable Energies. He plans on pursuing a career in clean and renewable energy with a focus on remote First Nations communities. Hartman is a member of the Red Rock First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and grew up in Thunder Bay.

The John Wesley Beaver Awards is one of three scholarships sponsored by OPG for Indigenous students. John Wesley Beaver graduated as an electrical engineer from Queen’s University, and worked at Ontario Hydro for 23 years, beginning in 1949. In John’s memory, each year OPG awards two scholarships valued at up to $5,000 for Ontario residents who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis, and enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution in Ontario.

OPG has a strong commitment to developing and maintaining mutually beneficial working relationships with Indigenous communities in Ontario. The company works with many Indigenous communities in helping create opportunities, training and jobs.

For more information on Ontario Power Generation scholarships offered to Indigenous students visit

OPG Generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and greenhouse gas emissions. OPG’s power is priced 40 per cent lower than other generators, which helps moderate customer bills.

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Shaunessy Investment Counsel brings premium, multi-asset, global offering to Wealthsimple for Advisors

TORONTOAug. 22, 2017  – Shaunessy Investment Counsel Inc., a boutique investment management firm experienced at protecting and growing wealth and invested assets over the long-term, is making its premium, multi-asset global portfolio accessible to the public for the first time.

Until now, SIC’s portfolio was only available to a select clientele – four First Nation trusts and 23 families. Investors can now benefit from SIC’s proven, institutional, global investment strategy and diversify their portfolio through the Wealthsimple for Advisors platform.

“Many Canadians believe they’re safer investing in their own backyard, but it’s actually putting them at risk,” says Terry Shaunessy, president and portfolio manager, Shaunessy Investment Counsel. “Canada only represents three per cent of the global equity market and it can be volatile. Through Wealthsimple, Canadian investors can now access SIC’s ETF portfolios that are structured to achieve long-term growth, and yet limit risk, in the same tried and true style of a pension plan.”

SIC offers one principal investment strategy: a globally balanced portfolio of stocks, bonds and alternative investments, holding large capitalization investments with balanced exposure to bonds and a very significant level of diversification.

“SIC’s portfolio was previously only available to high-net-worth individuals and institutions,” says Dave Nugent, portfolio manager and chief investment officer, Wealthsimple. “Wealthsimple for Advisors is democratizing investing, giving advisors and investors of any account size access to premium investment strategies through our platform.”

To learn more about SIC and Wealthsimple for Advisors, please visit

About Shaunessy Investment Counsel Inc.

Established in Calgary in 2000, Shaunessy Investment Counsel is a boutique investment management firm that specializes in globally-balanced, diversified custom portfolios for clients. With expertise in protecting wealth and invested assets over the long-term, SIC has extensive experience creating tailored portfolios, and managing segregated portfolios (not pools). As an independent firm, the sole source of revenue is investment management fees, which means the success of the firm is inextricably linked to the ability to deliver for clients. SIC is a fiduciary regulated directly by the Securities Commissions in AlbertaOntarioBritish Columbia and Yukon. SIC prides itself on being 100% employee owned, ensuring that every advisor is personally invested in the growth and protection of client assets.  Find out more at

About Wealthsimple for Advisors

Wealthsimple for Advisors is the dedicated platform for financial advisors by Canada’s leading online investment service. The online platform gives financial advisors everything they need to manage and scale their business, making managing compliance, investment management and client information simple and streamlined through convenient web and mobile apps. Wealthsimple is founded by a team of financial experts and technology entrepreneurs, and backed by Power Financial Corporation, a publicly-traded management and holding company. To learn more, visit

For further information: For media interviews, contact: Chloe Mills, Zeno Group, (416) 427-4468,


CP Canada 150 train connects Canada, draws thousands to celebrate CP’s history and Canada’s sesquicentennial

August 21, 2017 Calgary, AB

​The CP Canada 150 train has completed its cross-country tour, connecting thousands of Canadians with the history of Canada and Canadian Pacific, while delivering an epic community block party at each of the 13 whistle stops.

The August 20 show in Ottawa marked the final event of the train tour, a journey that brought thousands of Canadians together to enjoy a free concert to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary of confederation and the role the railway played in connecting Canada more than 130 years ago.

“CP and this country share a remarkable legacy,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. “I was honoured to be on the train, connecting with Canadians and CP employees. We look forward to the next 150 years of connecting Canada with the world and thank all those who came to an event, or followed our progress online.”

Incorporated in 1881, CP completed Canada’s first transcontinental railway link on November 7, 1885 with the Last Spike. CP is credited with establishing no fewer than 800 communities and town sites across Canada and today the railway operates in more than 1,100 communities across North America.

Support for the train came from all levels of leadership across the country, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who joined the train with his daughter, Ella-Grace, from Revelstoke, B.C. to Calgary. Indigenous leaders, mayors, councilors, MLAs, MPs and MPPs also joined CP officials on stage, and a lucky few got to sound a special train whistle that made a similar journey a half-century ago to celebrate Canada’s centennial. The whistle, on loan to CP from the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, played O Canada at the touch of a button.

The CP Canada 150 train featured beautifully restored locomotives built in the 1950s and passenger railcars constructed during the first half of the last century. While the train itself brought cheers from the crowd, the world-class musicians got the crowd singing and dancing.

“On this tour, I saw Canadians express gratitude for what we have, and a hope for the future that truly inspired me,” said award-winning country artist Dean Brody, who headlined the 13 performances. “Taking into account CP’s role in Canada’s history, this was an incredible way to celebrate our 150th birthday and see new parts of our vast country.”

Community members at each event were treated to a free concert, crafts for kids and a walk through CP’s archives. CP’s quarter-scale mini-train, The Little General, also appeared at most events, offering kids the opportunity to play conductor. The tour also featured the Spirit of Tomorrow car, which now carries with it thousands of stickers on which Canadians wrote their dreams for the future. This car will be featured as part of this year’s CP Holiday Train. The schedule for this year’s Holiday Train will be online at in mid-October.

“Performing aboard CP’s Canada 150 train gave me the opportunity to connect with thousands of Canadians, and to see them connect with each other,” said Dallas Arcand, world champion hoop dancer and Canada 150 train performer. “The train tour is something I will always remember, and I hope people from all across this country who attended feel the same.”

The theme song of the CP Canada 150 train, The Spirit of Tomorrow, performed by Kelly Prescott, is available for free download here.

For more on CP’s role in connecting Canada, visit and engage on social media @CanadianPacific using #ConnectingCanada. For a video re-cap of the 13-stop tour, click here.

About Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP.


​Jeremy Berry


Environment and Climate Change Canada’s meteorologists providing support to battle B.C.’s forest fires

August 21, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Environment and Climate Change Canada

Since the wildfires in B.C. started earlier this summer, Environment and Climate Change Canada weather-service staff, like Senior Meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau, have been providing 24/7 up-to-date weather information, local smoke-dispersion forecasts, and medium- and long-term weather forecasts to assist with the management of the situation and the deployment of federal resources.

Environment and Climate Change Canada also offers several products to help Canadians protect themselves from the wildfire smoke:

  • Air Quality Health Index forecasts to inform Canadians of the impacts wildfire smoke may have on human health. These forecasts are issued twice a day, and current air‑quality conditions are updated hourly.
  • Wildfire-smoke forecast maps to help predict how smoke from the wildfires is expected to travel.
  • Air-quality alerts, prepared in collaboration with provincial health authorities, for communities at immediate risk from air pollution caused by dense wildfire smoke.
  • The latest information on wildfire smoke and air quality at

In response to the prolonged and significant nature of the fire situation in B.C., Environment and Climate Change Canada is also offering enhanced support and additional expert capacity by

  • Deploying an Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist to work at the B.C. Wildfire Service in Williams Lake, B.C.
  • Using Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologists from the Pacific Storm Prediction Centre in Vancouver, B.C., to prepare and deliver daily fire-weather briefings normally prepared by provincial staff.
  • Deploying a high-resolution weather model over the impacted portion of B.C. to ensure that detailed forecast information is available.


“I am proud of the work that our meteorologists continue to provide, from our storm prediction centre located in Vancouver, in helping combat one of the worst forest-fire seasons in B.C. history.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
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Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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Environment and Climate Change Canada
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City Council Considers Letter of Intent with Matawa

August 22, 2017 – City Council will be considering authorizing a Letter of Intent with Matawa First Nations Management at Committee of the Whole on August 28.

The report recommends that the City grant the former Grandview Lodge building and property to Matawa for the purpose of redeveloping it as a Student Education and Care Centre for high school students from Matawa First Nations.

Matawa First Nations Management is a tribal council with nine member Ojibway and Cree First Nations, including Aroland First Nation, Constance Lake First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, Ginoogaming First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation and Webequie First Nation.

Matawa’s vision for the Centre is a safe and caring environment, where the emotional, physical and academic needs of Matawa First Nations Students are met.  Upon graduation, the students will have a quality education, strong life skills and a path to greater education.

“We recognize the significant importance of this project, its benefits and how Matawa intends to execute it,” said Councillor Iain Angus, who has been acting as the liaison on the proposal. “Recommendations from the Seven Youth Inquest have reinforced the need for adequate student housing for First Nation students who choose to come here for an education.”

Matawa, already in the planning stages of such a project at the time of Grandview becoming available, expressed interest in acquiring the property in December, 2016.

“We have been working on the concept of a Student Education and Care Centre for years now, and Grandview is an ideal building and location, particularly due to the City’s existing and planned recreational amenities nearby,” said Matawa CEO, David Paul Achneepineskum. “Granting this property to Matawa demonstrates the importance of our project to the City and will also allow us to leverage that towards additional funding from other orders of government to move this project forward and achieve our vision.”

The grant of the property is being recommended due to the current rare circumstances where the City owns a unique surplus building, which is ideal for this project; the Seven Youth Inquest recommends that safer accommodation is needed for First Nations youth; and that Matawa is in a position to pursue this project.

“Recent tragedies over the last number of years in our community have brought to the forefront that First Nation students from remote communities living in Thunder Bay need safe and supportive accommodation,” added Angus.

“We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Matawa, and I am confident that this proposal has the potential to be a major first step in overall student safety.”

Subject to Council’s approval, the City and Matawa will sign a Letter of Intent and negotiate an agreement, then transfer the property to Matawa.

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Contact: Stacey Levanen, Supervisor – Corporate Communications, 625-3650


Rankin Inlet Health Centre will experience reduced services on August 23, 2017

August 22, 2017

The Department of Health is advising residents of Rankin Inlet that the health centre will experience reduced services for part of the day on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. The local health centre staff will be participating in emergency preparedness training as part of Operation NANOOK. The health centre will remain open for emergencies. Please call the health centre at 867-645-8300 in the event of an emergency.


Media Contact:

Ron Wassink
Communications Specialist
Department of Health


Ontario Establishing Advisory Roundtable with Survivors of Human Trafficking

Members Will Provide Perspectives Based on their Lived Experience

August 22, 2017 2:00 P.M.

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is creating a new Human Trafficking Lived Experience Roundtable that will bolster the province’s efforts to end human trafficking through direct engagement with, and input from, survivors of trafficking.

The roundtable will be the first of its kind in Canada. It will be led by Jennifer Richardson, director of the provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office, who has lived experience as a survivor of human trafficking.

Members will share their perspectives on a range of topics that will include:

  • System, policy, and program changes that will remove barriers and result in better outcomes for survivors
  • Engagement of other survivors or those with lived experience of human trafficking
  • Ensuring Indigenous perspectives are represented
  • How to measure the success of the strategy

This roundtable builds on the strong action the government has already taken through Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, which aims to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety – free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s Human Trafficking Lived Experience Roundtable will be the first formal survivor-led advisory roundtable advising a provincial anti-human trafficking strategy in Canada.
  • To apply to be a member of the Human Trafficking Lived Experience Roundtable, please contact the Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office at
  • The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at 5 p.m.
  • The work of the roundtable is expected to begin in fall 2017.
  • The Strategy to End Human Trafficking includes an investment of up to $72 million in four areas of action: provincial leadership and coordination, Indigenous-led approaches, prevention and community supports, and enhanced justice sector initiatives.
  • Ontario is a major centre for human trafficking in Canada, accounting for roughly 69 per cent of police-reported cases nationally in 2015.
  • In Ontario, Indigenous women and girls are among the most targeted populations for human trafficking.

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“When Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking was launched, our government made a commitment to include the perspectives of survivors and people with lived experience. The creation of this advisory roundtable reflects the importance of having the perspectives of survivors and those with lived experience throughout the implementation of the strategy.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek
Minister of Community and Social Services

“The need for perspectives from survivors of human trafficking is so important to make sure we’re getting it right. I look forward to working very closely with members of the Human Trafficking Lived Experience Table as we continue to implement Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking.”

Jennifer Richardson
Director, Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office

“Human trafficking has a devastating impact on survivors and their families. Our government is working hard to put in place the supports needed so survivors can move on with their lives and heal. The Human Trafficking Lived Experience Roundtable is a vital step forward that puts survivors at the centre of our strategy to end this terrible crime.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris
Minister of the Status of Women

“Ontario’s efforts to end human trafficking are a key part of our strategy to end violence against Indigenous women. Human trafficking impacts grandmothers, aunties, sisters, daughters and entire communities and the only way to protect against and prevent these types of crimes, is to hear all perspectives on the issue, most importantly those with lived experience.”

David Zimmer
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Media Contacts
Lyndsay Miller
Minister’s Office

Takiyah Tannis


NWT On The Land Collaborative Releases 2017 Annual Report

AUGUST 18, 2017

The NWT On The Land Collaborative’s 2017 annual report was recently released and it showcases some of the highlights from the past year, including new partners, the first annual learning trip, and the creation of a community of practice for land-based programs with a mental health focus.

The collaborative is a collective of diverse organizations that supports land-based programs through funds, resources, and expertise. As a participating Indigenous government, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation acts as a community advisor and is pleased to share the successes of the collaborative.

View the 2017 Annual Report

Learn more about the NWT On The Land Collaborative

Five separate projects were funded through the collaborative within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in 2016-2017. These include:

  • Wood for Elders (East Three School)
  • Youth on the Land (Inuvik Youth Centre Society)
  • On the Land Training/Mentorship Program (Moose Kerr School)
  • Land Programs (Inuvik Community Corporation)
  • Trails on the Land/History of our Ancestors (Tuktoyaktuk District Education Authority)

The NWT On The Land Collaborative was founded in fall 2015 to support programs that connect NWT residents with their land, culture, and community. Since that time, the collaborative has provided 70 projects across the territory with over a million dollars in funds. The collaborative supports projects that: get people out on the land; connect community members to their land, culture, and traditions; build or strengthen partnerships; enhance community capacity; and promote sustainability.

If you have any questions regarding the NWT On The Land Collaborative, please contact:

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Tel: (867) 777-7000


Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario Announce Identification of Six Additional Historic Métis Communities

Working Together to Advance Reconciliation

August 22, 2017 12:00 P.M.

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) are pleased to announce that collaborative work has resulted in the identification of historic Métis communities located throughout Ontario.

In the spirit of reconciliation, the province and the MNO have been working together to determine whether historic Métis communities existed in given areas in Ontario. As a result of this collaboration, six new historic Métis communities have been identified:

  • The Rainy River / Lake of the Woods Historic Métis Community
  • The Northern Lake Superior Historic Métis Community
  • The Abitibi Inland Historic Métis Community
  • The Mattawa / Ottawa River Historic Métis Community
  • The Killarney Historic Métis Community
  • The Georgian Bay Historic Métis Community

These historic Métis communities developed their own distinctive collective identities, each with its own customs, practices, and traditions. While identification of these historic Métis communities is a significant milestone, this alone does not determine who in Ontario is Métis or who holds Métis rights, nor define Métis harvesting areas or territories.

Working in partnership with the MNO to identify historic Métis communities is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Quick Facts

  • In 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed in the R v Powley decision the existence of a Métis community in and around Sault Ste. Marie, with its own distinctive Métis culture. This case also recognized that this community has a Métis right to hunt for food. Under the Powley framework, the first step to recognize Métis rights is identifying whether an historic Métis community existed in a given area.
  • Métis are recognized as one of the three distinct Aboriginal peoples with rights protected by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
  • Distinct historic Métis communities began to emerge as a result of the fur trade in what is now Ontario. These communities developed along strategic water and trade routes prior to Crown government effecting political and legal control in these areas.

Background Information

Additional Resources


“Ontario has built a strong partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario and we are committed to advancing meaningful reconciliation and fulfilling our constitutional obligations to Métis. In circumstances where there are overlapping obligations to First Nations and Métis, Ontario is committed to working together with affected partners to reach fair and balanced resolutions.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“The Métis Nation of Ontario is pleased and proud to announce the results of our collaborative work with Ontario in identifying historic Métis communities. The advancement and recognition of Métis rights has always been and remains the highest priority for our citizens and communities. This important milestone provides a foundation for meaningful reconciliation as well as future negotiations with the Crown on these important issues.”

France Picotte

Acting President of the Métis Nation of Ontario

Media Contacts
Aly Vitunski
Minister’s Office

Carey Marsden
Media Contact

Marc St. Germain
Manager of Communications, Métis Nation of Ontario
613-808-4333 (cell)


Supporting Economic Development of Indigenous Communities – VIA Rail Partners with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Montréal, August 22, 2017 – VIA Rail Canada announced today that it has entered into a partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), as part of its commitment to Indigenous communities. Through this partnership, VIA Rail intends to forge closer ties with members of Canada’s Indigenous communitiesand their businesses. The company is also beginning work to attain the CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations certification.

“CCAB is excited and honoured to welcome VIA Rail into our business family. The national role VIA plays in connecting all Canadians is essential for promoting our mutual business interests. We look forward to working together in the months and years ahead.” -JP Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

About the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business is committed to the full participation of Aboriginal peoples in Canada’s economy. A national non-profit, non-partisan association, CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and businesses across Canada.

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail ( and its 2,700 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visit:


Scouts Plant 750 Trees In Fort McMurray To Reforest Local Park Destroyed By The Wildfire

OTTAWAAug. 22, 2017  – A year after the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray, Scouts Canada youth, Scouters (adult volunteers) and their families will be planting 750 trees in the city’s J. Howard Pew Memorial Park on August 26, 2017, to help reforest the area.

“This project was inspired by a group of St. Albert Scouts who are excited about being able to help the community of Fort McMurray and provide these trees as a symbol of hope and regrowth for years to come,” said Erin Isobel Shea, Scouter with the 12th St. Albert Scouts and organizer of the tree planting initiative.

Scouting youth are making an impact in restoring the local ecosystem by planting seedlings native to the area – poplar, aspen, spruce and dogwood – and the Wild Rose, Alberta’sprovincial flower.  Three symbolic trees – a Manitoba Maple, representing Canada; a Lodgepole Pine, symbolizing Alberta; and a Paper Birch, symbolic of First Nations – will be planted to recognize the strength and unity of the community. These trees will be supplied by Tree Canada’s Tree to Our Nature, Canada 150 legacy program.

To mark the reforestation of the park, Fort McKay drummer Nicolas Giant will perform a blessing song. During a special ceremony, four Scouters who lost their service awards in the wildfire will be presented with replacements and honoured for their hard work and dedication.

“Environmental stewardship, citizenship and community service are longstanding core values of Scouts Canada,” said Caitlyn Piton, National Youth Commissioner and Chair of the National Youth Network, Scouts Canada. “The amount of trees that were lost in Fort McMurray was devastating to the local ecosystem. Scouts Canada is committed to doing its part to help our environment and our neighbours as they recover from this tragedy.”

The initiative is funded by Scouts Canada, Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment, which donated $50,000 to fund 20 Scouts Canada tree-planting initiatives in AlbertaBritish ColumbiaOntarioQuebec and New Brunswick taking place throughout 2017.

Environmental Stewardship is a core component of Scouts Canada’s program. In an effort to reduce Canada’s negative environmental impact, Scouting youth aged 5-26 and volunteers, plant approximately 200,000 trees each year across the country in the spring and fall, as part of the Scoutrees program. Since 1972, Scouts have planted approximately 80 million trees. There are many long established forest sites planted by Scouts dating as far back as 1916.

Kids in Scouts have fun adventures, discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. For tens of thousands of children and youth across Canada, Scouts is the start of something great. Scouts Canada is the country’s leading co-ed youth organization, offering programming for children and youth aged 5-26 in multiple languages, reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. For more information, visit

Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No. 10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

For further information: Media Contacts for Scouts Canada: Andrea McLoughlin, Holmes PR,, 416-628-5609; Kelly Price, Holmes PR,, 416-628-5613

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Close to $280,000 given back to communities across the country through Lowe’s Canada Heroes 2017 fundraising campaign

Boucherville, QC – August 21, 2017 – Lowe’s Canada, a leading home improvement company operating more than 600 stores in Canada under different banners, is proud to announce that its Lowe’s Heroes program raised a total of $279,917. This past April and May, customers in all Lowe’s stores in Canada were invited to donate $2.00 or more toward the Lowe’s Heroes program to support local community improvement projects. Lowe’s Canada matched 50 percent of all funds raised through the in-store campaign up to a maximum of $2,000 per store. The Lowe’s Canada Heroes program took place in all 56 Lowe’s-branded stores in Canada.

Each year, Lowe’s employees team up to provide hundreds of hours of support to local communities as part of the Lowe’s Heroes program. The program encourages employees to work together and adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or public school to help make a meaningful difference in the communities in which they operate. Lowe’s stores have partnered with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, local women and youth shelters, and local public schools.

“100 percent of all proceeds raised through the Lowe’s Canada Heroes program are used to support the local Lowe’s store’s community improvement project. Our employees are deeply committed to this program since its introduction in 2015 and we wish to thank them for their engagement and all the time and effort they invested in this program,” says Guy Beaumier, Interim Executive Vice President, Lowe’s Canada Big Box Retail. “We take great pride in working with organizations within the communities we serve and are excited to have our customers support the program again this year.”

Since its inception in Canada, Lowe’s has actively supported various national and local causes to help strengthen the communities in which it operates. The focus of these efforts is directed towards three key community pillars which also align with Lowe’s core business of home improvement: Safe and Accessible Housing, Skilled Trades Education and Community Renovation and Improvement Projects.

For more information about the Lowe’s Heroes program in Canada, please visit

About Lowe’s Canada

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operate or service over 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.599.5900 ext 5271?


Government Creates New Entity in Response to Report on Crime

 August 22, 2017

Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant today announced the creation of the new Protection and Response Team (PRT) to aid in the reduction of crime in rural Saskatchewan.

The new PRT is being created in response to recommendations by the Caucus Committee on Crime (Committee).  The new PRT will consist of 258 armed officers who will have arrest and detention powers, and will be comprised of:

  • 120 police officers from RCMP and municipal police services:
    • 60 police positions currently deployed to the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) Initiative;
    • 30 new police positions; and
    • 30 re-purposed police positions currently funded by the ministry, will be integrated with,
  • 40 Ministry of Highways Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers (CVEO) with expanded powers; and
  • 98 Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers (CO).

All PRT members will receive a comprehensive training curriculum which will be provided to all officers regardless of their designations.  PRT expands on the successes of blended policing models to:

  • Improve police response to emergency calls for services, including property crimes that are in progress.
  • Enhance uniform visibility and presence in rural Saskatchewan.
  • Increase the enforcement of drug trafficking on Saskatchewan’s roadways.
  • Enhance the safety of Saskatchewan roads by reducing the number of serious collisions and fatalities.

“The security and safety of the people of Saskatchewan is the number one priority of the Ministry of Justice,” Wyant said.  “I would like to thank the Caucus Committee on Crime for their thorough efforts in their province-wide consultations.”

A total of $5.9 million will be invested in order to support the new group and other recommendations in the report.  SGI will provide $4.9 million directly to fund the additional officers and an additional $1 million will come from the Ministry of Justice to address recommendations.

The government has committed to addressing the safety needs of the Saskatchewan people, the proposed plan that enacts the recommendations of the Committee ensures the continued safety of the province’s residents.

The Committee’s recommendations also include ensuring RCMP resources and personnel are used effectively in rural areas; reviewing legislation to allow municipalities to jointly administer alternative policing programs; providing more funding for on-reserve programming and services; and other measures.

The recommendations are the result of consultations the Committee conducted beginning in November 2016.  As part of these consultations, the Committee toured 10 communities over 12 days and met with 58 stakeholders.  Written submissions were also accepted and reviewed by the Committee.

“The Committee heard several issues on crime in rural and urban areas, the absence of police visibility in rural areas was a main concern,” Committee Chair Herb Cox said.  “We are very pleased with the response being taken to address the recommendations of the committee.”

The Ministry of Justice will be working closely with other ministries and agencies involved to ensure the Protection and Response Team is fully staffed before the end of this fiscal year.


For more information, contact:

Drew Wilby
Phone: 306-787-5883


Small businesses getting crucial support they need during wildfire season

August 22, 2017

VICTORIA – Hundreds of small businesses, First Nations and non-profit organizations are applying for the Canadian Red Cross small business emergency financial grant that was announced by the Province.

The British Columbia government is providing these $1,500 grants to help businesses resume operations during a difficult wildfire season. A total of 600 applications were received within the first 24 hours of the application process opening. As of Aug. 21, 2017, the Canadian Red Cross had received 1,289 applications for the grant.

Eligible businesses include:

  • small businesses;
  • First Nations whose livelihood is based on cultural practices; and
  • non-profit organizations located in areas that have been under evacuation order or alert.

The Red Cross and the Province have extended the emergency grant to areas along Highway 20, Highway 97 south of Prince George to areas covered by evacuation alerts, Highway 26 to Barkerville and eastern Cariboo Regional District. Applicants have until Oct. 31, 2017, to apply.

The Canadian Red Cross has set up a small business helpline to help businesses find out whether they meet criteria for funding and to help them apply for the grant. Businesses can also apply online:

Additionally, the B.C. Economic Development Association and Fortis B.C.’s Small Business Hotline has received 319 calls, as of Aug. 18, 2017, from small businesses throughout the province. This hotline offers assistance, information and receives feedback from small businesses affected by wildfires.

These grants are being provided through the $100 million provided by the Province and administered by the Red Cross for wildfire relief for British Columbians.


Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology –

“Small businesses throughout the province are clearly feeling the impact of this year’s wildfires, as the number of applications is dramatic. This is an initial first step for small businesses, and the B.C. government continues to assess their needs to make sure we can effectively support them.”

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development –

“This has been an unprecedented wildfire season in B.C. and we want to ensure that businesses have the supports they need to rebuild. We’ve also struck a Wildfire Cabinet Task Force and are working closely with the federal government to ensure we have the necessary supports in place to help all those who have been impacted.”

Kimberley Nemrava, vice-president, British Columbia and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross –

“It takes a whole community to recover after a fire or evacuation. Families, businesses and agencies need support as they re-establish their lives and livelihoods. The Canadian Red Cross is supporting families directly and also accepting applications for grants to small business, First Nations‘ cultural livelihoods, and community agencies, which will start to be distributed as early as next week.”

Learn More:

  •  Red Cross Support for Small Business Helpline: 1 855 999-3345 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. To apply online, visit:
  • Red Cross B.C. wildfires support for small businesses:
  • British Columbia Economic Development Association and Fortis BC Small Business Hotline can be reached at 1 877 4BC-EDRP (1 877 422-3377)
  • Small business emergency preparedness information:
  • Up-to-date provincial wildfire information, including evacuation and alerts and orders:


Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
250 889-1121


Building an army of problem solvers –

Aug 22, 2017

A social enterprise program provides training and job opportunities for people with barriers to employment

Over the course of the past year I had run across the terms “social entrepreneur” and “social enterprise,” both touted as innovations within the so-called solutions economy. But I still wondered what it all meant. The answer arrived in the pages of a book mailed to The Agenda by a fervent viewer.

“The solutions economy is essentially about solving social and environmental problems by using market forces … [It] criss-crosses the ideological spectrum, at times confounding both sides, more often winning them both over. It seeks collaboration, not polarization of sides. It is not an ideology, which is to say it is not arguing one economic school of thought is superior or that one political philosophy is the answer.”

Grand statements such as these, taken from the opening pages of Shaun Loney’s book An Army of Problem Solvers, can be easy to dismiss as naïve. But Loney isn’t some young idealist with no real-world experience. He is the former director of energy policy for the Manitoba government (1997 – 2002), an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2014), and a recipient of the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Business of the Year award (2011).

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Kativik Regional Police Force

Kuujjuaq, Quebec, August 22, 2017 – On August 15, 2017, a group of geologists traveling by helicopter discovered remains of human nature near an abandoned snowmobile about 25 kilometers away from the Northern Village of Ivujivik.

Once advised, KRPF officers went on site in order to establish a perimeter and carry meticulous searches to determine the circumstances of the deaths. They also examined and cross-referenced information from the database of missing persons.

The investigation is still ongoing but based on the first observations from the police, all indications are that there were no criminal activities that had resulted in these mortalities. The experts from the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale (forensic science laboratory) will analyze the remains to identify the victims. The Laboratoire is an autonomous unit delivering expertise services in the scientific and medicolegal fields.


Jean-Philippe Dubois
Communications Coordinator
Kativik Regional Government
Tel. 819-964-2961, ext. 2219

The Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) was created by the Kativik Regional Government in 1996 with the participation of the Solicitor General of Canada and the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec (public security) to maintain peace, order and public safety in Nunavik. The KRPF has police detachments in all 14 communities. The mission of the KRPF and each of its members pursuant to the Police Act is to maintain peace, order and public security; to prevent and repress crime and offences under the law and municipal by-laws in the Kativik Region; as well as to apprehend offenders.


STEM camp seeds love of learning for Indigenous kids – University of Calgary

Power to Choose Aboriginal Youth summer camp helps change minds

Not all that big on science at first, Tia Johnstone was all smiles by the time a co-ordinator with the Power to Choose Aboriginal Youth Summer STEM Camp complimented her work on a model satellite she made for their robotics engineering design challenge.

“I was okay with science, but I didn’t love it. Now, I’m liking it. We did robotics, water testing and programming. It was extremely fun,” says Johnstone. “There’re so many new things to learn about and jobs you could do.”

Johnstone’s mom Lori first met the Let’s Talk Science folks at an Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary event, she loved the cool activities they brought to the tipi at the Calgary Stampede grounds. That’s what compelled Lori to sign her daughter up for Power to Choose, a free science camp open to high school students within Treaty 7 territory.

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Bold Ventures Applauds Government Announcement of Ring of Fire Access Roads

Toronto, Ontario, August 22, 2017 – Bold Ventures Inc. (BOL:TSX.V) (“Bold” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that the Ontario Government has announced its support for the planning and construction of an all-season road accessing First Nation communities and the Ring of Fire development area. Bold Ventures has a number of projects in and around the Ring of Fire. (for additional information about Bold and our exploration projects visit

Bold management believes that this crucial step in developing the access infrastructure for this future multi-metals mining district will support a generational-level economic development for local communities, industry and government. It will provide positive input for the economic feasibility of resource projects in this area. The news release stated:

From the Ontario News Room, August 21, 2017

Province Supporting First Nations Proposal to Build All-Season Access Road

Ontario is taking an important next step toward developing the Ring of Fire, working with Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations to plan and construct a year-round access road into the proposed mining development site being pursued by Noront Resources Ltd. As part of this project, the province is also working with First Nations to build all-season access roads to their communities.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Thunder Bay today with the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle, to announce that Ontario will support First Nations to plan and construct an east-west road connecting the Webequie and Nibinamik communities to the provincial highway network north of Pickle Lake. This project would provide all-season access to both First Nations communities as well as into the Ring of Fire development.

The province is also supporting Marten Falls First Nation to plan and construct an access road connecting the community to the existing provincial highway network at Aroland/Nakina.

Communities are working to begin environmental assessments of these projects by January 2018 and plan to begin construction in 2019, pending all necessary approvals.

As a next phase, Ontario will continue to support Marten Falls to undertake further technical and environmental studies that could inform planning and development of a north-south access road tied to the development of, and business case for, chromite mining in the Ring of Fire.

Building these roads is a critical step in realizing the economic benefits of one of the biggest mineral-development opportunities in Ontario in almost a century. Funding for these roads is part of the government’s commitment to invest $1 billion in Ring of Fire infrastructure to create jobs, provide long-term benefits and improve quality of life for people in the region.

Ontario is working to support these First Nations as they address all regulatory requirements so that this unique environment is protected.

The province welcomes this merging of cultural considerations with regulatory requirements and will ensure First Nations and their perspectives, including traditional knowledge, are carefully considered in decision-making.

Investing in the development of the Ring of Fire while ensuring that First Nations participate in and benefit from this development is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

For additional information about Bold Ventures and our projects please visit or contact Bold Ventures Inc. at 416-864-1456.

About Bold Ventures Inc.

The Company explores for minerals in Ontario and Québec. In Ontario, Bold and its subsidiary Rencore Resources Ltd. have extensive holdings comprised of over 18 claim groups in and around the Ring of Fire area of the James Bay Lowlands. The company has also earned a 10% carried interest in the Koper Lake Project centrally located within the Ring of Fire and directly adjacent to the Eagles Nest nickel-copper massive sulphide deposit currently in the permitting stage (see Bold news release dated October 14, 2016). Bold has the option to earn a 100% interest in the Wilcorp gold property (subject to a 1% NSR) located approximately 14 km east of the town of Atikokan in Northwestern Ontario. In Québec, Bold’s primary focus is on its 100% owned Lac Grasset project that straddles the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone in the Matagami area, within the historically prolific Abitibi Greenstone belt of North-western Québec. Balmoral Resources Ltd. has seen success over the past few years in locating and expanding several gold and base metal discoveries proximal to the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone and has expanded its land position to surround Bold’s property (see Bold news release dated September 30, 2014).

“Richard E. Nemis”
Richard E. Nemis
President and Chief Executive Officer

“David B Graham”
David Graham
Executive V.P.


Nibinamik fire evacuees return home –

Rain has lowered the forest fire hazard in many areas

NIBINAMIK FIRST NATION, Ont – An easing of the forest fire situation around their community means that several hundred residents of Nibinamik First Nation have ended their stay in Kapuskasing.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says the fire situation has stabilized, so evacuees are being flown home after an absence of about 10 days.

According to the MNRF, the forest fire hazard is low across central sectors of the Northwest Region as a result of recent rain, and moderate in the south and the north.

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Dates for Public Engagement on Mineral Resources Act Announced – GNWT

YELLOWKNIFE (AUGUST 21, 2017) —Northwest Territories (NWT) residents will have the chance to shape a strong, well-managed future NWT mining and exploration sector as the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) visits seven communities to collect their valued feedback.

These public sessions are designed to allow attendees to engage on various mining topics at their own pace, ask questions of GNWT subject matter experts, and provide comments on any topic related to mining and exploration in the NWT.

  • Yellowknife: August 28, Tree of Peace Friendship Centre, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Yellowknife (French Language): August 29, Explorer Hotel – Janvier Room, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Behchokǫ̀: August 30, Behchokǫ̀ Cultural Centre, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fort Simpson: August 31, Fort Simpson Recreation Centre, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Norman Wells: September 5, Royal Canadian Legion, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Inuvik: September 6, Midnight Sun Complex – Community Lounge, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Hay River: September 11, Ptarmigan Inn, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fort Smith: September 12, Roaring Rapids Hall Métis Council, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at all sessions.

Those who cannot make these sessions are encouraged to visit Industry, Tourism and Investment engagement portal to submit questions or comments.

For more information, please contact Mike Westwick, Communications Officer at or (867) 767-9202 ext. 63039.


Cannabis legalization survey – GN

August 22, 2017

The Government of Nunavut (GN) wants to hear what you have to say about the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and your thoughts on how to best regulate the production, sale and consumption of cannabis in Nunavut.

Until September 22, 2017, Nunavummiut who are 16 years of age or older can fill out the GN’s online cannabis legalization survey at to give their opinions on this important subject. The survey only takes 10 minutes to fill out, and your answers are confidential.

Paper copies of the survey are available through your local government liaison officers (GLOs). Contact information for the GLOs can be found at:

For more information about cannabis legalization, please consult the Government of Canada’s website at, or the GN’s website at

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 1-800-316-3324 or email


Media Contact:

Denise Grandmaison
Manager, Communications
Department of Finance


June showing positive trend for B.C.’s tourism sector

August 21, 2017

VICTORIA – International visitor arrival numbers show positive signs of growth in June for the tourism sector in British Columbia.

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from June 2017, indicate a 5.3% increase over the same month in 2016, resulting in 35,000 more visitors arriving in B.C. The total year-to-date international overnight custom entries to B.C. are up 4.1%.

Other notable increases for June (over June 2016) include:

  • Germany – up 31%
  • Australia – up 26%
  • Mexico – up 12.3%
  • China – up 9.3%
  • France – up 8.8%
  • Europe – up 6.9%
  • US – up 4.8%
  • Asia Pacific – up 5.3%
  • Japan – up 5.2%

Direct flights can have a significant impact on international visitor arrivals. Both Germany and Australia saw increases in air capacity to British Columbia of 37.8% and 20.4%, respectively. Each new daily international flight to B.C. creates between 150 and 200 new jobs at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). An additional 300 to 400 jobs are created indirectly in the province at businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, travel agents and tour operators.

In addition, the province’s lead marketing organization, Destination BC (DBC), has been instrumental in promoting strong tourism sector growth. DBC is the industry-led Crown Corporation that works collaboratively with tourism stakeholders around the province to coordinate tourism marketing at the international, provincial, regional and local levels, and to support regions, communities and Aboriginal people in developing or expanding tourism experiences, businesses and jobs.


Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture –

“British Columbia boasts an amazing array of tourist experiences and it’s no surprise that people from around the world are spending their time in our beautiful province. We know that, in some parts of the province, the wildfires have taken a toll on the summer tourism season. However, as we start rebuilding this vital industry, it’s reassuring to know that June offered positive results. Warm hospitality is sewn into the fabric of our land and global citizens are drawn to this unique part of the world.”

Marsha Walden, CEO, Destination British Columbia –

“As we kicked off the summer travel season, B.C. experienced good growth from high-value, long-haul international markets. Increased air capacity in our major international airports is resulting in more opportunities to share B.C.’s remarkable experiences with the world. Marketing tourism internationally supports B.C.’s balance of trade, providing over $4 billion in export revenue.”

Quick Facts:

  • The tourism industry is helping fuel the provincial economy, which is expected to lead the country in economic growth in 2017 and 2018.
  • In 2015, the tourism sector paid $4.5 billion in wages and salaries within B.C.
  • Tourism supports nearly 19,000 businesses and 127,700 employees in B.C.
  • British Columbia saw over 5.5 million international visitors in 2016 – an increase of 12.3%.

Learn More:

For more information on the latest tourism statistics for 2016, visit:

Destination BC:


Media Relations
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
250 888-1462


Province of Ontario to Fund Ring of Fire Road Proposals Led by Marten Falls, Webequie and Nibiminik First Nations

TORONTO, ON–(August 21, 2017) – Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront”) (TSX VENTURE: NOT) participated in a joint announcement today by Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Chiefs of Marten Falls, Webequie and Nibiminik First Nations, which formally committed provincial funding to two First Nations road proposals that will provide community and industrial access to the Ring of Fire Mining District.

Road Proposals

The provincial government agreed to support and fund the following road proposals which will connect First Nation communities to the Ring of Fire:

  • An east-west road connecting Webequie and Nibinamik First Nations to the provincial highway network north of Pickle Lake (the “East-West Road”). This road will continue from the Community of Webequie to the Ring of Fire.
  • A north-south community access road is being planned for construction by the Marten Falls First Nation with an option to expand the road to the Ring of Fire to support the development of chromite mining (the “North – South Road”).

An environmental assessment of both road projects is expected to begin by January 2018, followed by construction in 2019 pending all necessary approvals. This timeframe allows Noront to advance its pre-development work and ready itself for the three-year construction of its Eagle’s Nest nickel, copper, platinum group metal mine.

A Major Step Forward

“Today’s announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Chiefs of Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations is a major step forward that will re-energize development of the Ring of Fire region,” said Noront President and CEO Alan Coutts. “Construction of all-season industrial and community access roads is one of the key things we’ve been working toward with the government and our First Nation partners. I am very pleased to see it moving forward.”

Noront plans to create a multi-mine, multi-metals company in the Ring of Fire, in partnership with local First Nations communities. Eagle’s Nest which is the company’s first project would use the planned East – West Road, while its future larger-scale chromite project would use the North – South Road, which will allow for a greater volume of material to be moved.

In April 2017, Noront signed an Exploration and Project Advancement Agreement with Marten Falls First Nation, and is currently negotiating a pre-development agreement with this community. As development continues in the Ring of Fire, the company looks forward to collaborating with other First Nation partners on similar agreements and road projects in order provide input into the technical industrial road specifications and development timelines.

RCF Interest Payment

Payment of interest in the amount of $390,120 for the second quarter of 2017 pursuant to a loan agreement entered into between Noront and Resource Capital Funds V L.P. (“RCF”) dated February 26, 2013 (the “Loan Agreement”) has been satisfied by delivery of 1,103,593 common shares of the Company (the “Interest Shares”) at an effective price of $0.3535 per Interest Share. The Interest Shares were delivered on July 13, 2017 subject to a four month hold period, expiring on November 14, 2017.

The calculation of the number of Interest Shares issued was based on the volume weighted average trading price of the common shares of the Company during the 20 trading days prior to June 30, 2017.

After giving effect to the issuance of the Interest Shares, there are 330,114,374 common shares of the company issued and outstanding.

About Noront Resources

Noront Resources Ltd. is focused on the development of its high-grade Eagle’s Nest nickel, copper, platinum and palladium deposit and the world class chromite deposits including Blackbird, Black Thor, and Big Daddy, all of which are located in the James Bay Lowlands of Ontario in an emerging metals camp known as the Ring of Fire.

For more information:
Janice Mandel
(647) 300-3853


Families still full of doubts one year after MMIW inquiry – CBC Radio

This past season, The Current hosted a series of moving public forums across the country examining the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The project was launched in October in Prince George, B.C.

This episode features excerpts from community leaders, an RCMP officer and victims’ family members.

​On June 11, 1994, Matilda Wilson said goodbye to her 16-year-old daughter Ramona as she left her home in Smithers, B.C., to meet her friends.

It was the last time Matilda would see her youngest child.

“It just felt like I couldn’t go on anymore because that was the baby of our family,” says Matilda.

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Building energy planning capacities in remote First Nations – The Chronicle Journal

A SHARED vision to build technical self-reliance, developing new partnerships, and promoting healthy First Nation communities is the common thread in bringing over 200 passionate resource development and technical service people to Technations 2017. The 22nd annual Technical Conference and Trade Show is being held from Aug. 21-25 at the Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay.

The conference, hosted and organized by the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corp. (OFNTSC), has gained tremendous reach and momentum. The overwhelmingly successful event continues to be the premier First Nations technical gathering in the region. The impressive congregation will include Ontario First Nations, tribal councils, industry, government, practitioners, scientists, and experts who will contribute to the timely and relevant theme, “Building our Nations First.”

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Call for 2017 NWT Fire Service Merit Award Nominees

YELLOWKNIFE (August 21, 2017) – The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) is seeking nominations for the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards.

Based on nominations from community members, fire departments and fire chiefs, the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards honour and recognize individuals and community fire departments for their significant contributions to fire safety and fire service in communities across the Northwest Territories (NWT).

Individuals or community fire departments can be nominated by members of the public. You can nominate online at  Printable nomination forms are also available on the website.

The deadline for nominations is September 22, 2017.

Recipients of the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards will be announced during National Fire Prevention Week, October 8–14, 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Jay Boast
Communications and Web Advisor
Municipal and Community Affairs
Phone: (867) 767-9162 – Extension: 21044


Media Advisory: Minister Parsons to Visit Conne River

August 21, 2017

The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety, will be visiting Conne River for two days starting tomorrow (Tuesday, August 22) to meet with members of the Miawpukek Mi’kamawey Mawi’omi to discuss justice issues.

Discussions will include court proceedings on the south coast and restorative justice.

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Media contact
Lesley Clarke
Justice and Public Safety
709-729-6985, 699-2910


Culture For Life ~ My Culture. My Life.


Culture For Life
My Culture. My Life.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th 2017, we are choosing to focus on LIFE through culture. We want to help facilitate meaningful connections with culture for First Nations youth and have youth themselves highlight the strength of culture and how it can promote wellness and LIFE!


Send in a photo or video of yourself connecting with your culture (fishing, cooking a feast, attending a gathering, etc).

Share the power of culture through any medium (drawings/paintings/poetry/ photos/videos). Show the world how creative you are!

Share how your culture promotes your own wellness, and LIFE!


Send your submission to by September 5th. All those that submit before the deadline and are twenty-five and under will be entered to win an iPad! *Include your age and contact information with your submission to be entered

Your submission will reach other youth across the country via AFN and Thunderbird Partnership Foundation social media and

WABDC Seeks Inuvialuit Board Of Director

AUGUST 21, 2017

The Western Arctic Business Development Corporation (WABDC) is seeking applications from Inuvialuit beneficiaries residing in the western Arctic region for a Board of Directors position.

Download Recruitment Posting

If you have previous experience working in business, accounting or finance, and are interested in helping existing and aspiring business owners, then you should consider applying for this open opportunity.

A cover letter, resume and three letters of reference are required. All applications must be received by Friday, September 15, 2017.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to email their applications to:

Arthur Barrows
General Manager
Western Arctic Business Development Corporation

The Board of Directors of the Western Arctic Business Development Corporation (WABDC) forms the nucleus of the Community Futures Development Program in the Western Arctic Region, with overall responsibility for all programs, services and funds. The Western Arctic Business Development Corporation (WABDC) is a not-for-profit corporation formed under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act. It is the successor to Western Arctic Business Development Services and began operations on October 1, 2010.

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Human Resources
Tel: (867) 777-7095


Yedlin: A new chapter in consultations with Indigenous communities – Calgary Herald

August 22, 2017

There were two important decisions handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada last month, each dealing with issues of consultation with Indigenous Peoples in the context of projects where the National Energy Board is the sole arbiter.

According to experts participating in a panel discussion hosted by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy on Monday, both should be seen as inflection points in the complex journey towards project proponents being able to proceed rather than face stonewalling opposition.

The importance of each case — one pertaining to the Hamlet of Clyde River and the other with regard to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation — is being seen by regulators, the legal community and the communities themselves as ground-breaking.

In the Clyde River case, the Supreme Court ruled that the Norwegian company in question had failed to adequately consult the hamlet in the context of seeking approval for conducting offshore seismic surveying.

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CEA statement in support of federal government funding announcement for Wataynikaneyap Power

Ottawa, August 17, 2017 – The Honourable Sergio Marchi, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), issued the following statement regarding the federal government’s funding announcement on Wataynikaneyap Power’s project to connect Pikangikum First Nation to Ontario’s power grid:

“CEA welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) the Honourable Carolyn Bennett that the Government of Canada will invest up to $60 million to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity to Pikangikum First Nation. This investment represents a major step forward in making the Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project a reality.

Like many Indigenous, northern and remote communities, Pikangikum First Nation relies on diesel for power. This is an environmental and an economic challenge as diesel generators in many of these communities are at full capacity, and the cost of electricity in some of these regions is approximately ten times higher than the Canadian average, limiting local economic opportunities and stifling growth.

CEA has been strongly advocating for addressing the energy needs of remote and Indigenous communities, many of which are found in our country’s North. The quality of life for residents and the realization of major economic development projects both depend on improved energy infrastructure. We are therefore encouraged to see federal support for energy projects aimed at reducing reliance on diesel in these very regions. These communities deserve better options for power generation, and today’s funding announcement is a valuable step in the right direction. The electricity sector stands ready to work with Indigenous communities and all levels of government in order to reduce diesel reliance nationwide.”


For more information on INAC funding announcement:

For more information on Wataynikaneyap Power:


The Government of Canada invests over $21M in innovative health research

Minister Philpott visits Laval University to meet with top researchers who have joined forces in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases

August 21, 2017 – Québec City, Québec – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Researchers from Laval University and from across the country are working hard to create new scientific knowledge and tackle some of today’s most pressing health issues that affect Canadians.

Today, the honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, was at the CHU de Québec – Laval University Research Centre, to highlight a total investment of over $21M in cutting-edge research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Twelve researchers, including two from Laval University, received $2.9M to undertake innovative biomedical and clinical HIV vaccine research projects. Furthermore, Dr. Gary Kobinger, renowned for his work on the world’s first effective vaccine against the Ebola virus, received a $3.9M grant to work on a vaccine to prevent HIV. The Minister took the opportunity to commend a further 18 researchers from Laval University who received a total of $14.4M in funding to tackle conditions such as heart disease, asthma and cancer.

The Minister was joined by her Parliamentary Secretary, Joël Lightbound. During their visit, they had an opportunity to meet with researchers to learn about their projects, and participate in a lab tour.


“It’s always a great experience to meet with researchers who are at the forefront of creating the new scientific knowledge needed to treat illnesses, eradicate viruses like HIV, and improve quality of life. The researchers working at Laval University are a source of great inspiration to Canadians. We all benefit from their hard work.”
– Jane Philpott
Minister of Health

“The brilliant researchers working at the CHU de Québec – Laval University Research Centre have helped put Laval University on the international stage for leading-edge scientific research. The projects funded through CIHR will improve the human condition by tackling some of the most devastating health issues of our time. The researchers being celebrated today should be very proud of what they are accomplishing.”
– Joël Lightbound
Parliamentary Secretaryto the Minister of Health
Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert

“I wish to congratulate the most recent recipients of CIHR funding working at CHU de Québec – Laval University Research Centre. Each of your projects shows tremendous potential for adding to the scientific knowledge we have about conditions such as asthma, heart disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS. Thank you for your contributions to health research and to building a healthier Canada.”
– Dr. Marc Ouellette
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity

Quick Facts

  • CIHR has provided 12 grants in the area of biomedical and clinical HIV/AIDS research for a total investment of $2.9M. These grants are designed to support cutting-edge biomedical and clinical research related to the development of an HIV vaccine.
  • CIHR has awarded a grant of $3.9M to Laval University’s Dr. Gary Kobinger to work towards developing a safe and effective HIV vaccine.
  • Today’s announced research projects are partly funded by the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative, which is the research arm of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. It invests $21 million each year to support research, capacity building and knowledge translation activities in four key areas: Biomedical and clinical research; Health services and population health research; Community-Based Research; and the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN).
  • Project Grants are designed to support researchers at any career stage build and conduct health research and knowledge translation projects covering a range of areas, from discovery science and clinical research to strengthening the health care system and examining the social determinants of health. In the most recent Project Grant competition, CIHR provided $14.4M to support 18 researchers affiliated at Laval University.

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Moosonee woman sues OPP after waiting years for complaint against officer to be dealt with –

Aug. 22, 2017

Years after filing a complaint to the province’s police watchdog, Cheryl Hookimaw says she still sees Sgt. Randy Cota in her small community regularly.

Cheryl Hookimaw didn’t want to file a complaint. But after experiencing what she alleges was harassment and abusive behaviour from a veteran Ontario Provincial Police sergeant working in her isolated James Bay community, she decided she’d had enough.

In 2014, Hookimaw turned to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), Ontario’s police watchdog, filing a formal complaint against an officer she knew she’d still see all over Moosonee, her largely Cree community policed by the OPP.

“I thought it was the right thing to do,” Hookimaw told the Star in an email. “I thought my family would be protected.”

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FCC contributes $1.5 million to 78 community projects across Canada


Regina, Saskatchewan – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is giving $1.5 million through its FCC AgriSpirit Fund to 78 community groups across Canada to support rural capital projects. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the fund was increased from $1 million.

“The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is an investment in rural Canada,” said Sophie Perreault, FCC executive vice-president and chief operating officer. “It’s about partnering with individuals and groups who are committing their time and energy for the purpose of bettering their communities.”

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund awards between $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects, such as hospitals and medical centres, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, arenas, swimming pools, recreation areas, and community centres.

Nationally, 1,214 applications were received this year which demonstrates how invested rural Canadians are in their communities. Over the past 14 years, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund has supported almost 1,100 projects, an investment of more than $12 million.

A complete national listing of selected projects can be found at

The next application period opens in spring 2018. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in funding can visit for eligibility requirements and to apply online.

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CAMH study shows global estimates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among children


TORONTO, August 21, 2017 – Globally, nearly eight out of every 1,000 children in the general population is estimated to have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

In addition, it is estimated that one out of 13 women who consumed any alcohol at any point or frequency during pregnancy delivered a child with FASD.

The study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics, estimates the prevalence – or the frequency that FASD occurs – for children from birth to age 16 in 187 countries.

“FASD prevalence estimates are essential to effectively prioritize and plan health care for children with FASD, who are often misdiagnosed,” says Dr. Svetlana Popova, Senior Scientist in CAMH’s Institute for Mental Health Policy Research. “Most of these children will require lifelong care, so the earlier they have access to appropriate therapy and supports, the better their long-term health and social outcomes will be.”

FASD is an umbrella term that describes a range of effects that can occur in someone whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy.  As the fetus develops, the brain is particularly vulnerable to alcohol’s damaging effects, which can lead to physical, mental, behavioral and learning disabilities.

For many countries, these are the first-ever estimates of FASD. Some notable figures:

  • Canada has eight cases of FASD per 1,000 children
  • The U.S. has 15 cases of FASD per 1,000 children
  • The European Region has the highest levels worldwide, at nearly 20 cases of FASD per 1,000 children
  • The Eastern Mediterranean Region has the lowest FASD prevalence
  • In 76 countries, more than one out of 100 young people has FASD.

The researchers also found that FASD occurred more frequently among children in care (such as foster care or orphanages), in the criminal justice system, in psychiatric care and aboriginal young people, compared to the general population.

“There is a need for targeted screening and diagnosis for these high-risk populations, as well as interventions to prevent alcohol use among mothers of children with FASD in relation to subsequent pregnancies,” says Dr. Popova.

The study was a meta-analysis, which involved reviewing all existing studies in order to determine FASD levels by country. For countries lacking studies, the estimate was based on data prediction methods. This involved using data on the prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy by country, determined in another 2017 study published by Dr. Popova’s team in the Lancet Global Health. Without the excellent interdisciplinary teamwork of young and senior investigators, these studies would not be possible, says Dr. Popova.

There are existing measures that could be adopted to help prevent alcohol consumption during pregnancy and thus, FASD, says Dr. Popova. These include public health messages about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and routine screening by health care professionals to detect alcohol consumption before or at early stages pregnancy. Brief interventions to address problems with alcohol should be provided to all women of child-bearing age where appropriate.



The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please follow @CAMHnews and @CAMHResearch on Twitter.

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NAN to Launch 9th Annual NAN Food Symposium

THUNDER BAY, ON (August 22, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox will join
with community leaders and delegates to launch the 9th Annual Food Symposium “Ayekeyway Nuthumun Weshkatch Kaakeepe Odahteeseeyung” (Back to our Roots) today.

“The NAN Food Symposium is an excellent opportunity for delegates from across NAN territory to come together and address the region’s food system challenges, and focus on ways to improve the health of our people,” said Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox. “Having knowledge and access to healthy, fresh and reliable foods is vital. It’s important for our communities to be able to participate in these teachings so we can continue to grow with strong connections to the land and healthy food practices.”

Hosted by NAN’s Public Health Education department, delegates from across NAN territory will join together for this three-day event (August 22-24) geared towards traditional food, food preparation and the link between food and mental health. There will be opportunities for NAN community members to provide input into the National Food Policy to ensure what is important to northern remote First Nations is included in a Canadian policy.

This annual symposium has helped develop collaborative partnerships with NAN community members and Manitoba First Nations, TIDES Canada and Lakehead University. It encourages participants to learn from each other and support stronger movement for Indigenous food self-determination.

On August 23, the late Simon Frogg, former Chief of Wawakapewin First Nation, will be recognized for his long-time involvement with the NAN Food Advisory Council, and his work to preserve traditional legends and culture.

Note to media: Delegates will be welcomed with opening remarks at 6 p.m. at the Quetico Learning Centre in Atikokan, where the majority of events will be held. Members of the media are welcome to attend all events. Agenda attached (subject to change). Please contact NAN Communications to make arrangements.

For more information please contact: Tamara Piché, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email

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Welcome to Canada sculpture unveiled – Kelowna Now

A new piece of artwork celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday was unveiled on August 19th at the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm.

The sculpture’s round sphere acts as a representation of a country of people from all over the world, while the tipi represents the indigenous peoples’ shoulders that the country was built upon. It also represents the celebration of people and the welcoming of those seeking asylum from other countries. Surrounding the piece of art are 13 figures, each representing a different province and territory.

The artist behind the masterpiece is Annabel Stanley, who created it using materials found in their vineyard.

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NunatuKavut Launches Its First Community Infrastructure Program

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, August 21, 2017 – The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) is proud to announce the launch of a $1.5 million program that will provide a vital investment in infrastructure projects in communities in NunatuKavut. This is the first major infrastructure program developed by NCC that is fully funded from its own source revenues.

Called the Investing in NunatuKavut Communities Infrastructure Program (INCIP), communities can access up to $30,000 in funding for project planning and proposal development and up to $100,000 for direct investment into infrastructure projects like building construction, water and sewer and community roads. This funding, which totals up to $130,000 per project, can also be leveraged to access funding from other sources.

Community organizations in year-round NunatuKavut communities from Cartwright to Lodge Bay are eligible to apply. This includes community governance bodies, committees and other not-for-profit groups.

INCIP will start as a three-year pilot program with two application deadlines per year: October 15 and April 15. The first deadline is this coming October.

Quick Facts

  • NCC is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Inuit of south and central Labrador, collectively known as the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut.
  • NunatuKavut means “Our Ancient Land” in Inuttitut and is the traditional territory of the Southern Inuit.


“NCC is extremely proud to be able to offer a major infrastructure program that is funded entirely from our own resource revenues. It is wonderful to see these funds being put back into our communities in such a tangible way. This program encourages communities to determine their own priorities, look at sustainability and apply for funding based on greatest need. This is an important step in self-governance. We look forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for NCC and Southern Inuit. We feel that this signifies progress and is indicative of what the future holds.”

  • Todd Russell, President of NCC

“The local service district in Black Tickle is happy to hear about new infrastructure funding for our communities. It allows small communities with small populations and very little tax base to be able to avail of Government funding to meet its infrastructure needs. NCC funding would make it possible to meet other Government funding requirements.”

  • Joe Keefe, Local Service District of Black Tickle

“I believe that infrastructure is the way to build strong, local communities. Programs of Government, NCC, municipal councils, the business community, schools and churches must work together instead of in isolation of each other. It is also important that communities work together to address community concerns and attract strong leaders and community participation. Modern infrastructure, workplace readiness, access to broadband infrastructure will enable small communities to survive and compete in a global economy.”

  • Margaret Burden, Town of Port Hope Simpson

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NAN honours members at special awards banquet – Sioux Bulletin

Nishnawbe Aski Nation celebrated the accomplishments and leadership of its members at the 2017 Keewaywin Awards presented August 9 in Lac Seul First Nation.

The Emile Nakigee Award for Outstanding Leadership was presented to Sheperd Wynn of Kashechewan First Nation.

The NAN Elder Award was bestowed upon Abe Kakepetum of Keewaywin First Nation.

The NAN Woman Award was awarded to Sheba Fox of Bearskin Lake First Nation.

The NAN Youth Leadership/Community Involvement Award was presented to Latoya Pemmican of Deer Lake First Nation.

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Summer camp prepares youth to be entrepreneurs – Eagle Feather News

August 22, 2017

Indigenous youth end the summer with a camp that offers skills and an experience of what it’s like to be entrepreneur. The 9th Annual Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (AYEC) hosted by the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) School of Business and Public Administration started the summer program on August 12-18th.

Taylor Gardippi from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation, will be entering in her last year of high school in the fall. The 17-year-old participated in her first AYEC and said she heard about the exciting experience from her cousin Brittany who attended the camp a few years ago.

“I enjoyed how there was so much business ideas that other people had brought to me,” she said. “I came here looking for my future…it really opened up a lot of doors for my future.”

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Métis culture, growth and progress on self-government celebrated at MNO Annual General Assembly

August 21, 2017

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Annual General Assembly concluded in Kenora on August 21 with a strong sense of progress on Métis rights and self-government as well as a growing pride in the renewal of Métis culture and heritage.

During the annual State of the Nation address, MNO Acting President France Picotte told the over 400 MNO citizens and guests in attendance that the number of MNO citizens continues to grow with the total now exceeding 21,000 Ontario residents. She also announced the completion of the Root Ancestors Project that will assist even more of the 84,000 self-identified Métis people in Ontario find their Métis heritage and become citizens.

The MNO also experienced impressive program growth in the most recent fiscal year. The new Métis Family Wellbeing program has allowed the MNO to open seven new offices bringing its total number of offices to 32. This new program will address intergenerational trauma, reduce violence and address the over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Acting President Picotte also reported the MNO provided education and training support to 849 clients and post-secondary education bursaries to 200 students in 42 institutions. The MNO provided healing and wellness services to over 2000 clients through over 20,000 activities and events. The MNO also grew in the area of duty to consult and accommodate. The MNO processed over 5000 proponent and government notices, engaged over 100 industry proponents and managed over 80 agreements including five Impact and Benefit Agreements.  “As you can see,” said Acting President Picotte, “we are thriving and there are more activities than ever before. This progress is because of all of you [the AGA delegates] it is the accumulation of two decades of working – it is because of strong Métis leaders working together.”

The area of Métis rights and self-government was a major focus of the AGA. Métis rights lawyer Jason Madden indicated that after many years of slow progress in this area, key wins at the Supreme Court such as Daniels v. Canada and the cooperation of both the federal and provincial government, is now generating real momentum behind Métis rights and self-government. Madden stated an announcement would be forthcoming soon about an agreement between Ontario and the MNO recognizing seven Métis historic communities in Ontario. The support of both the provincial and federal governments for reconciliation was evidenced by the presence of Dr. Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Indigenous Affairs, David Zimmer, provincial Minister of Indigenous Relations and Robert Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora during the AGA.

Equally important to discussion on operations, rights and self-government was the cultural and heritage aspects of the AGA, which was why for many the most exciting element of the AGA was the arrival of the MNO Canoe Expedition on the first night of the AGA. The Canoe Expedition was an amazing 2200 kilometre trek between Ottawa and Kenora that started on May 23. The young voyageurs who took on this challenging journey travelled the historic fur trade routes of their Métis ancestors and made presentations on Métis culture to over 15 communities along the way.

While the Canoe Expedition members were definitely the heroes of the AGA, it was also apparent that it was not necessary to paddle across the province to show pride in Métis culture. A large number wore clothing decorated with colourful flower beadwork. The flower beadwork tradition is historically a key element of Métis culture and has seen a strong revival in the last several years; in particular among Métis young people. Métis young people such as Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Representative Mitch Case have become skilled in creating beadwork that has been used to decorate many different kinds of clothing. Just before the AGA, over 60 young people had travelled to Kenora to participate in the MNO’s first youth conference prior to attending the AGA. The pride and excitement so many young people have for their Métis heritage and culture was readily apparent throughout the AGA.

Each evening of the AGA featured Métis performers as well as traditional and other delicious foods. Entertainment highlights included Métis performer Sierra Noble, the Winnipeg Jiggers and during the open mic night, many MNO citizens enthusiastically took to the stage to share their talents. The AGA also featured a cultural activities afternoon featuring Métis games and cultural activities led by the MNO Summer Cultural Students and Canoe Expedition members as well as the world-famous Métis Voyageur games. Other entertainment also included a cruise of the incredibly beautiful Lake of the Woods and a Dinner and Dance at the top of the elegant Clarion Inn Lakeside overlooking the Lake of the Woods.

AGAs are never possible without hours of hard work from the regional community councils and the Provisional Council of Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Regional Councillor. The Region 1 Community Councils: the MNO Kenora, Sunset Country, Atikokan and Area and Northwest Métis Councils all contributed time and resources to make this AGA successful and PCMNO Region 1 Councilor Theresa Stenlund was involved in all the planning and work from the very beginning. They made sure that everyone at the AGA was well taken care of!

Councilor Stenlund the regional community councils are excellent examples of the kind of volunteer work that is epitomized by so many MNO citizens. At every AGA, the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to one outstanding volunteer. This year it went to Greg Garratt who is well-known across the MNO for his work as Secretary-Treasurer for the MNO Veterans Council and Captain of the Hunt for Region 7. Greg was stunned by the award and while humbly accepting it took the time to recognize the work done by all of the MNO’s many volunteers.

By the time the AGA wrapped up on noon on Monday, the citizen were both exhausted but even more inspired to continue the work of building the Métis Nation. They can be pride of the growth and progress in all areas of the MNO’s operations and look optimistically to a brighter future that they are already in the process of building.

Look for pictures from the AGA to be posted on the MNO Facebook page in coming days.


MFNERC: Remembering Sheron T. Fiddler

A tireless advocate for First Nations education.

Sheron was born on Peguis First Nation. Just after her 4th birthday, she went to the Brandon Residential School and later attended the Residential School in Birtle. After completing grade 12, Sheron received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. Her education career began in Norway House and Sandy Bay, where she taught for many years, before moving to Winnipeg to work at the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood in 1971 as the Director of Education. She was involved in the writing of Wahbung in 1971, and The Shocking Truth about Indians in Textbooks in 1974 (co-authored with Verna Kirkness and republished in 2016).

Sheron always strived to improve Indigenous education. In 1976, she returned home to work with the Peguis School Board in the development, implementation and administration of Local Control of Indian Education. She continued to work with the Peguis School Board until her retirement in August 2003. After retirement, Sheron pursued and completed her Master’s Degree with the University of Phoenix, and also worked with Keeseekoowenin First Nation and Garden Hill First Nation as Education Director.

Sheron was one of the founding members of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 1998. From an original staff of six, nineteen years later MFNERC now has over 300 employees. In recent years, Sheron remained very busy as an Education Consultant for the Centre, and was an advisor and mentor for the establishment of the Manitoba First Nations School System.

Sheron was supportive and encouraging to all who knew her. She had a big heart and helped others whenever she could. She had a strong belief in the traditional culture. She enjoyed travelling to Thief River and Warroad with her close friends. Before she passed on, she was planning another “girls’ trip” and teasing her friends about it. Her happiest times were spent with her husband of 40 years, Percy, and daughter Aleia. For all who knew her, Aleia was her pride and joy. We at MFNERC will sorely miss her insight and wisdom, as well as her own unique sense of humour. We love you Sheron, Rest in Peace.


Prime Minister joins Canadian delegation to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

August 22, 2017 – Ottawa – Veterans Affairs Canada

Canada’s Veterans and those who gave their lives in service deserve our greatest recognition and appreciation. Today, we reflect on the courage and bravery shown by those who fought in the Dieppe Raid, and the contributions of Canadians during the Second World War.

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, joined the Government of Canada delegation, led by The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, for a closing ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

The Canadian delegation returning to Canada from France included Veterans, representatives of Indigenous peoples and communities, representatives of Veterans’ associations, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian youth and parliamentarians. A contingent of the Canadian Armed Forces, composed of regiments and units involved in the Raid, was also part of the delegation.

In Dieppe, France, Veterans participated in a number of commemorative events, such as wreath layings and ceremonies. While there, they had the opportunity to interact and share their stories with youth delegates who accompanied them on their journey, as well as the local population. Youth from Canada and France also had the chance to interact. The participation of the youth delegates ensures that the torch of remembrance will be passed on.


“Seventy-five years ago, Canadian and Allied soldiers fought courageously in the Dieppe Raid, coming ashore against a well-entrenched enemy. It is a true honour for me to attend this ceremony. Their story of bravery and gallantry teaches us that our finest moments are often about overcoming challenges and defeats, rather than easy victories.”

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada,

“On August 19, 1942, the Canadian and Allied servicemen who took part in the Dieppe Raid showed great bravery as they suffered heavy casualties. The sacrifices they made in the attempt to help end a terrible conflict will never be forgotten. We must ensure the memory of their courage and service endures.”

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Quick Facts

  • The Dieppe Raid began before dawn on August 19, 1942. The operation was intended to test German defences, practise Allied assault techniques, force the enemy to divert military resources from the Eastern Front and acquire valuable intelligence. Supported by British and other Allied forces, almost 5,000 Canadian soldiers took part in the attack on the occupied French port of Dieppe. Sadly, it would prove to be the bloodiest single day of the entire Second World War for Canada and more than 3,350 of our men were killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
  • More than one million Canadians served in uniform during the Second World War. Sadly, over 45,000 Canadians lost their lives and another 55,000 were wounded in the conflict.
  • Two Canadians, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Cecil Merritt and Honorary Captain John Weir Foote, were awarded the Victoria Cross for their heroic actions during the Dieppe Raid.
  • On August 19, 2017, the King’s Own Calgary Regiment unveiled a new monument on the Esplanade in Dieppe, France, to honour past members of its regiment who fought in the Dieppe Raid.
  • 2017 is a special year of commemoration for Canada, including the Canada 150 celebrations, the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele, and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.

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Grandview Lodge Could Become School – Magic 99.9

August 22, 2017

City Council is considering giving the Grandview Lodge building and property to Matawa First Nations.

It would be used to develop a First Nation high school and residence for students from those communities.

Councillor Iain Angus says this initiative could really help keep young people safe.

“When Grandview Lodge become open and we put it on the market and quite frankly there was a real lack of interest by the private sector, we began to search around for other partners and Matawa was one of the obvious ones.”

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BCAAFC AGM and Board of Directors Meeting update

The BCAAFC AGM will be held in Vernon, BC, September 22-23, 2017. The BCAAFC Board of Directors Meeting is set for scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9:00am to 12:00pm.

Please click here for the online registration process and neccessary supporting documentation.


Philpott urges doctors to help improve health of most vulnerable patient groups – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 21, 2017 

QUEBEC _ Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says Canada’s doctors have a major role to play in improving the health of the country’s most vulnerable populations, including those at risk for a fatal overdose due to rampant opioid use and abuse, a crisis she characterized as a national public health emergency.

In a speech Monday to delegates attending the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association in Quebec City, Philpott said any approach to the crisis needs to be comprehensive and collaborative.

“Doctors have a huge role, including promoting awareness that social inequity and unresolved trauma are often at the root of high-risk drug use. This includes homelessness, poverty, violence and sexual abuse,” she said.

“Addiction is not a crime, nor a mark of moral failure. It is a health issue … people who use drugs are people who do not need judgment. They need what all Canadians expect from health systems _ that is, compassionate care.”

Asked by reporters after her speech if the opioid crisis should be formally declared a national emergency, Philpott said there is no federal public health law that would provide any additional tools to fight the crisis “that we don’t already have.”

“It would offer no advantages to us,” she said, noting that one area the Liberal government has been focused on is harm reduction, including the approval of 14 new supervised injection sites, bringing their number to 16 across the country.

Outgoing CMA president Dr. Granger Avery said the organization is “entirely congruent with how we need to work” in a collaborative manner with government and other health providers, not only to tackle the opioid crisis, but also to help other vulnerable groups focused on by Philpott, among them Indigenous Canadians and youth with mental health issues.

“The whole principle of shared care … the CMA and doctors in general have that way high on the list,” Avery told The Canadian Press in an interview.

In a question-and-answer session with delegates following her address, Philpott was questioned about the government’s intention to close tax loopholes for incorporated businesses, which includes many doctors’ medical practices.

In July, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a policy paper that proposes significant changes to how private corporations are taxed. Doctors and other businesses have been asked to comment on the proposal during a 75-day consultation process that ends Oct. 2.

The tax changes have become a hot-button issue for the 85,000-member CMA, which argues that doctors in private practice do not have pensions or receive benefits like most salaried employees, and tax changes would make it more difficult for physicians to save for retirement, cover maternity leave, or work part time while raising a family. Female physicians, in particular, would suffer, the organization says.

“We assume the risks of establishing offices and clinics, employing staff and purchasing equipment. Many of us do not have access to paid sick leave benefits or retirement pensions,” said Dr. Gigi Osler of Winnipeg.

“What assurance can you give us that the government will take our concerns into serious consideration?” asked Osler to thunderous applause, hooting and table-pounding by fellow delegates.

Philpott responded that the concerns expressed by doctors are being taken into serious consideration, but she encouraged CMA members to read the proposals carefully and not to believe hearsay being circulated on social media about what they might mean.

“This really is actually about fairness. Does it make sense to create a system where some of you in the room can take advantage of those mechanisms in a way that others can’t?” she asked, referring to such tax deductions as income splitting.

“If you are someone who has a spouse that makes significantly less income than you or you have children of a certain age of 18 to 24, then you can take advantage of legitimate rules that currently exist to reduce your personal income tax burden.

“But the person sitting beside you or across from you who is single, who has very young children, no children, children who are grown up and making their own income, are going to pay much more tax than you.”

Avery said the proposed tax changes could affect how doctors are able to operate their practices and may lead to some people thinking twice about going into the profession.

He also said physicians were troubled by the “tone” in Morneau’s paper outlining the potential alterations and the reasons behind them.

“I think there’s been implications that doctors _ and other small businesses, too _ really are in some way tax cheating,” Avery said. “And that is absolutely not true.”

Philpott, who formerly had a family medicine practice, was also challenged by reporters after her presentation about her own status as an incorporated physician. Her professional corporation with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario was “revoked” late last week, and she was asked whether there was a link with the pending tax changes.

“I can say unequivocally that it has absolutely nothing to do with the recent tax changes,” she replied. “I decided that I would not be practising medicine for at least four years (after being elected) and that it made no sense to keep the corporation open. I took steps to shut down that corporation. It was shut down on Oct. 19, 2016, because I had no use for the corporation anymore.”

_ By Sheryl Ubelacker in Toronto.



Métis Nation of Ontario Releases Results of Ground-Breaking Ontario Métis Root Ancestors Project

On August 19, 2017, at the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) 24th Annual General Assembly in Kenora, the results of the MNO’s Ontario Métis Root Ancestors Project (the “Project”) were publicly released. Click here to view the results from the Project on the MNO’s website.

The Project—which included the review and compilation of well over 100,000 historical records—identifies hundreds of Métis Root Ancestors from well-recognized historic Métis communities within Ontario. The Project took over five years to complete and now represents the largest collection of publicly available genealogical information on Ontario Métis.

The Project flows from the direction the MNO received from its citizens and communities in province-wide consultations held in 2010/11 and subsequent direction from the 2011 MNO Annual General Assembly to create “a list of ‘root’ Ontario Métis families that people could simply trace to” and “a compilation of easily accessible source materials relevant to genealogical research” to assist individuals applying for MNO citizenship or Harvester Cards.

This direction was provided to the MNO because, unlike in western Canada, Métis land and money scrip was, for the most part, not issued in Ontario. As such, the extensive Métis scrip records available to the Métis in the Prairies in completing their genealogies do not assist the descendants of many historic Métis communities in Ontario in completing their genealogies in order to obtain citizenship within the MNO. Instead, Ontario Métis rely on different documents that identify Métis families in the historic record. The release of today’s Métis Root Ancestor materials online will assist Ontario Métis in completing their genealogies showing they are ancestral connected to a historic Métis ancestor as required by the MNO Registry Policy, which underlies the credibility of the MNO Registry.

More specifically, the Project identifies hundreds of historic Métis Root Ancestors and over five thousand descendants of these families from seven well-recognized historic Métis communities within Ontario that include:

  • The Rainy River/Lake of the Woods/Treaty 3 Historic Métis Community
  • The Northern Lake Superior Historic Métis Community
  • The Abitibi Inland Historic Métis Community
  • Sault Ste. Marie and Environs Historic Métis Community
  • The Mattawa/Ottawa River and Environs Historic Métis Community
  • The Killarney and Environs Historic Métis Community
  • The Georgian Bay and Environs Historic Métis Community

While these seven historic Métis communities have presently been identified, the MNO continues to undertake additional historic research for the potential identification of other historic Métis communities in Ontario as well as for new information that may change or expand these existing communities.

MNO Acting President France Picotte said, “We are extremely proud to be able to launch this Project at this year’s Assembly. We believe this Project will many in applying for citizenship within the MNO as well as assist our existing MNO citizens in applying for MNO Harvesting Cards.

“Moreover, we believe these materials will be helpful educational resources and tools in creating greater awareness about Ontario Métis history generally and the rights-bearing Métis communities that the MNO represents today throughout the province,” added Picotte.


BCAFN Summer 2017 Newsletter – BCAFN

We endeavour to provide our membership with an update of active and ongoing areas of BC Assembly of First Nation’s (BCAFN) work and a summary of upcoming meetings/events.

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