RCMP video should shock Canadians: Sinclair

Credits:  The Canadian Press

Former Truth and Reconciliation commissioner Murray Sinclair says a video of a Mountie interrogating a young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse in B.C. foster care brings home in a “visceral way” a reality that Canadians should be shocked by and one that they need to see. The 2012 video was released publicly by APTN this week as a result of a court proceeding and has prompted political reaction. Sinclair tells The Canadian Press in an interview that the video should cause Canadians to be more supportive of those who say police officers require more oversight. (May 17, 2019.)

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Indigenous community innovation bringing clean-energy to Saskatchewan

From: Infrastructure Canada

Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, May 22, 2019—Investing in infrastructure that promotes clean energy solutions is key to creating a strong low-carbon economy and sustainable future for Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, on behalf of the Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister of Trade and Export Development and MLA for Meadow Lake, announced funding for a major green energy project in Meadow Lake.

The First Nations-owned Meadow Lake Tribal Council Bioenergy Centre will generate carbon-neutral green power using sawmill biomass residuals. It will be the first plant of its kind in Saskatchewan and is expected to produce 6.6 megawatts of baseload electricity to power approximately 5,000 homes with greener energy.

The project is expected to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1 million tonnes over 25 years, and reduce smoke and other harmful matter to significantly improve air quality for residents.

Revenues from the plant will also support essential programs and services including child and family services, education, and health and youth development for the nine member-First Nations comprising the Meadow Lake Tribal Council.

The Government of Canada is contributing $52.5 million to this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Bilateral Agreement under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

Quotes

“Canada’s transition to cleaner power will protect the environment, create more sustainable communities and build a clean future for generations to come. Our government is proud to support Meadow Lake Tribal Council and the entire community in realizing their Bioenergy Plant – the first of its kind in Saskatchewan. This project will create good middle-class jobs, boost regional economic growth and serve as a model for communities across the country who want to transition to renewable energy and promote a greener way of life.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The Meadow Lake Bioenergy Project is a first of its kind biomass green energy project for Saskatchewan, and today’s announcement is an exciting step in making this new bioenergy power plant a reality. Congratulations to Meadow Lake Tribal Council and MLTC Resource Development on being one step closer to green energy production that will support improved economic outcomes for their member nations, the community of Meadow Lake and our region.”

The Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade and Export Development and MLA for Meadow Lake

“Through this kind of affirmative action, Canada and Saskatchewan demonstrate their commitment to ensuring ongoing and sustained participation of Indigenous communities in green energy infrastructure development, climate change mitigation, improving environmental outcomes and supporting our local forestry-based economy in the Meadow Lake area. Investment such as this makes good sense as it enables MLTC and the Meadow Lake First Nations to create ongoing economic opportunity and hope for our people.”

Chief Richard Ben, Tribal Chief, Meadow Lake Tribal Council

“The City of Meadow Lake applauds this federal funding announcement today for the MLTC Bioenergy Centre. The Meadow Lake Tribal Council has a significant role in the local economy of Meadow Lake. This project will serve to strengthen MLTC’s continuing growth and its ongoing support of economic development in the area.”

Merlin Seymour, Acting Mayor of Meadow Lake

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • The Government of Canada is contributing up to $52.5 million to this project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan. A further $250,000 is being provided by the Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs’ Community Opportunities Readiness Program.
  • The nine member-First Nations comprising the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) are Birch Narrows Dene Nation, Buffalo River Dene Nation, Canoe Lake Cree Nation, Clearwater River Dene Nation, English River First Nation, Flying Dust First Nation, Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation, and Waterhen Lake First Nation.

Associated links

Contacts

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-697-3778
ann-clara.vaillancourt@canada.ca

Jeffrey MacDonald
Director, Capital Planning & Infrastructure
SaskBuilds
Government of Saskatchewan
306-798-8021
jeffrey.macdonald@gov.sk.ca

Tribal Chief Richard Ben
Meadow Lake Tribal Council
306-236-5654
receptionist@mltc.net

Media Relations
Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca

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First Nations asset management infrastructure planning receives second year of investment from the Government of Canada

From: Indigenous Services Canada

Call for 2019–2020 Asset Management Program funding applications starts today

May 22, 2019 — Ottawa, Traditional Algonquin Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada

Canada is making historic investments in First Nations infrastructure and is working together with First Nations toward building nation-to-nation relationships based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. This includes supporting First Nations in building capacity and increasing self-determination and control over local services.

Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced that applications are now being accepted for First Nations-specific Asset Management Program funding for 2019–2020.

Indigenous Services Canada’s (ISC) Asset Management Program is similar to that offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to its membership to help communities deal with competing priorities, limited funds, growing populations and aging infrastructure. First Nations face these situations every day, and asset management planning helps community leadership oversee and plan for their growing infrastructure needs.

This is the second year of Asset Management Program funding. The first year was a success, with 133 First Nations participating.

The goal of this five-year pilot program is to fund training and the development of community-specific asset management plans for at least 200 First Nations. Information on how to apply is available on ISC’s website.

Quotes

“First Nations’ self-determination is a key goal of our government. Asset management is an important part of that because it helps First Nations to build capacity and take control of essential infrastructure in their communities. I am pleased to announce that funding applications are now being accepted and I hope that interest in participating continues to grow.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

Quick facts

  • ISC is providing $15 million over five years to support First Nations in developing asset management capacity through the Asset Management Program. Funding can cover engagement and training activities, data tools, technical assistance, and peer learning programs to address governance and other requirements for development and implementation of asset management plans.
  • Funding per project is estimated to be $20,000-$40,000, with larger projects involving several communities working together ranging from $80,000 to $120,000.
  • ISC will look at expanding the Asset Management Program further if interest exceeds current available funding.
  • The Asset Management Program is sourced to ISC from of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
  • Through Investing in Canada, the Government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

Associated links

Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

Kevin Deagle
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services
873-354-0987

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada
819-953-1160
SAC.media.ISC@canada.ca

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Pipeline protester chimes in on prime minister’s fundraising speech – Times Colonist

May 22, 2019

VANCOUVER — An Indigenous protester opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion interrupted a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Liberal fundraiser on Wednesday.

Will George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver repeatedly called Trudeau a liar and a weak leader.

“Are you going to push this pipeline through?” he asked Trudeau.

Trudeau greeted him by name and asked calmly if he could be allowed to respond before saying he understands there are strong Indigenous voices for and against the pipeline expansion.

George continued to speak, asking Trudeau what he says to his children about his actions.

Read More: https://www.timescolonist.com/sports/victoria-royals/pipeline-protester-chimes-in-on-prime-minister-s-fundraising-speech-1.23830381

Emergency responders simulate disaster on Lasalle Line – Sarnia This Week

May 22, 2019

Firefighters, police, as well as municipal and industrial emergency responders from across Lambton County and Aamjiwnaang First Nation were put to the test on May 22 in dealing with a simulated collision between a diesel hauler and a propane hauler as part of the annual Sarnia Area Disaster Simulation (SADS).

Nearly 200 participants took part in the field exercise, led by the Sarnia Fire Department with support from Aamjiwnaang, industry, contractors, regulatory authorities and emergency response teams.

Lasalle Line between St. Clair Parkway and Talfourd Creek was closed for several hours as firefighters rushed to the scene and doused the vehicles with water while crews from ECRC deployed equipment along the river to help mitigate any potential diesel spills leaking into the surrounding waterways.

Read More: https://www.sarniathisweek.com/news/local-news/emergency-responders-simulate-disaster-on-lasalle-line

More than 20,000 new homes underway for people throughout B.C.

Partnerships with organizations like the Union Gospel Mission, which is breaking ground on new housing for women and children, are behind the success of the more than 20,000 new homes complete or underway in nearly 80 communities throughout the province.

“Our government has acted quickly to address the urgent need for housing that people can afford,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “It is not just about increasing the number of homes. It is about working with our partners to build the right kind of homes to make life better for people at all ages, stages and income-levels.”

The Province is contributing $14.5 million to help build the Union Gospel Mission’s (UGM) new and expanded Women and Families Centre. The seven-storey building will provide 36 affordable rental homes, a new 28-space child care centre and 27 addiction recovery beds for women and children in the Downtown Eastside.

“This new building will not only save lives, but change the trajectory of entire families for generations,” said Bill Mollard, president, UGM. “It means fewer children in poverty, fewer women on the street and a future for families struggling to find housing.”

Women needing addictions support will have access to an on-site, long-term addiction recovery program – the only program of its kind in the Downtown Eastside. Other supports and services offered in the building will include counselling, life skills and career development.

“When I was homeless, it was horrible, but my life was transformed at UGM and I know this new building will help others like me,” said Emily Surrette, former UGM guest and single mother who was homeless for more than two years. “I’m really excited about the new building because it’s essentially a one-stop shop for child care, treatment, housing – all of these things. It’s really crucial for recovery.”

Located at 616 E. Cordova St., the new building is expected to open in mid-2021.

Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Quotes:

Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care –

“Single women and single-parent families headed by women often have a much harder time making ends meet and are more likely to experience poverty. By providing stable housing and free child care, the women living at this centre will be able to build a stronger foundation for themselves and their children and improve their families’ quality of life — not just for now, but into the future.”

Melanie Mark, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant –

“The new women and families centre will have a tremendous impact for families in the Downtown Eastside. This centre will empower families who have been struggling for too long to access affordable housing, child care, training and treatment support all under one roof. These much-needed services will create positive pathways for members of our community to thrive.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Province is working in partnership to increase the supply of affordable rental housing throughout B.C., including in Vancouver, where more than 2,600 new rental homes are completed, under construction or in development. This includes:
    • Community Housing Fund: 1,100 mixed-income homes
    • Indigenous Housing Fund: 230 homes for Indigenous peoples
    • Women’s Transition Housing Fund: 10 homes for women and children leaving violence
    • Supportive Housing Fund: 80 homes for people experiencing homelessness
    • Rapid Response to Homelessness (modular housing): 606 homes for people experiencing homelessness
    • Affordable Rental Housing program: more than 600 homes
  • Budget 2018 launched the most significant investment in housing affordability in B.C. history – more than $7 billion over 10 years.

Learn More:

A map showing the location of all announced projects is available online:
https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC

To find out what the Province is doing to improve housing affordability, visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/bc-government-addressing-housing-affordability-challenges

Read Homes for B.C., government’s 30-point plan to address housing affordability for British Columbians:
bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/homesbc/2018_Homes_For_BC.pdf

A backgrounder follows.

Backgrounders

Province building new homes to meet full spectrum of housing needs

The B.C. government is working in partnerships to build affordable homes that cover the full spectrum of housing needs for British Columbians.

More than 20,000 new homes are completed, under construction or in the approvals process for a range of people who are struggling to find a place to live, from people who are experiencing homelessness and seniors on fixed incomes, to middle-income families, students and individuals. This includes:

Housing for middle-income earners (households with annual incomes between $50,000 and $150,000) – approximately 2,460 homes:

  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund: approximately 1,500 rental homes for people with middle incomes.
  • HousingHub: 960 rental homes.

Housing for people with low to moderate incomes (including some where rents are based on 30% of household income and others with set rents, which are designed to be affordable to moderate-income households, in most cases earning less that $70,000 annually) – approximately 9,200 homes:

  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund: approximately 3,700 rental homes for people with low to moderate incomes.
  • Affordable Rental Housing Program: nearly 1,600 homes for low to moderate incomes.
  • Deepening Affordability Fund: more than 2,100 homes for low to moderate incomes.
  • Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund: more than 1,150 homes for Indigenous peoples, on and off reserve.
  • Regional Housing First Program: more than 600 homes for people with low to moderate incomes.

Housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness (shelter-rate housing) – approximately 2,800 homes:

  • Rapid Response for Homelessness: more than 2,000 homes with 24/7 support.
  • Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund: more than 550 homes with 24/7 support.
  • Regional Housing First Program: more than 170 homes for those ready to live independently with supports.

Housing for women and children leaving violence – approximately 340 homes:

  • Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund: approximately 340 spaces of transition, second-stage and affordable rental housing for women and children leaving violence.

Housing for students – approximately 5,600 homes:

  • BC Student Housing Loan Program: approximately 2,700 on-campus student housing units are underway or in the approvals process.
  • Nearly 2,900 student housing units are also underway or in development through partnerships with post-secondary institutions.

Total: approximately 20,400 homes

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Indigenous post-secondary students: apply for one of three $2K APTN scholarships

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is accepting applications for their student scholarship program. Three scholarships valued at $2,000 each will be awarded to one First Nations student, one Inuit student and one Métis student.

APTN’s scholarship program is intended to provide support to First Nation, Inuit and Métis students in a course of studies leading to full-time employment. The award may be applied to academic and/or living costs.

Read more about the eligibility requirements and apply. Deadline is June 28, 2019.

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Prime Minister announces renewal of Canadian Coast Guard fleet

The Canadian Coast Guard saves lives, protects the environment, and helps our economy grow, while keeping our waters safe, secure, and open. But the Coast Guard fleet is aging, with most ships beyond their normal life expectancy. There is an urgent need to renew the fleet to ensure the Coast Guard can continue its essential and, often, life-saving work.

The Coast Guard fleet is supported by Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industry, which fuels innovation and skills development, and creates new opportunities for Canadian workers and businesses across the country. The Government of Canada is revitalizing the industry, creating middle class jobs, and ensuring that Canada’s marine services have the modern ships they need to fulfill their missions.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced a renewal of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. As a first step, this renewal will provide up to 18 new large ships built in Canadian shipyards, helping the Coast Guard continue to deliver its important services, and creating good, middle class jobs across the country.

Canada’s two partners under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) for large ship construction – Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards and Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax – will build the new ships to deliver missions including light icebreaking and offshore patrol and search and rescue. The Government of Canada is also investing in vessel life extensions, refits, and maintenance work at shipyards throughout Canada so that the current Coast Guard fleet can continue to deliver critical missions while the new ships are being built.

Even with investments in maintenance, Coast Guard ships will eventually reach the end of their service lives, and more ships will be needed to renew the Coast Guard fleet. To support future shipbuilding needs and attract more talent and good jobs to our communities, the Government of Canada intends to add a third Canadian shipyard as a partner under the NSS. The Government of Canada will move forward with a competitive process to select the third shipyard in the coming months.

The Government of Canada is working closely with our shipyards to strengthen our marine industry, and create new jobs and business opportunities across the country.

Quotes

“By renewing the Coast Guard fleet, we’re making sure our Coast Guard has the ships they need to carry out their important work for the entire country in the years to come. Today’s announcement goes far beyond one shipyard, one industry, or one part of the country. We’re re-invigorating Canada’s world-class marine industry, supporting technological innovation, and creating good, middle class jobs from coast to coast to coast. We’re building a fleet for the future, today.”

—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“The Canadian Coast Guard saves lives at sea, maintains safe shipping, enables an otherwise ice choked economy, protects the marine environment and supports Canadian sovereignty and security. With increasing shipping trade and the impacts of climate change already upon us, demands on Canada’s Coast Guard will continue to grow. A renewed Coast Guard fleet ensures the confidence of Canadians – and the confidence of industries that rely on Coast Guard services to remain competitive.”

—The Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The National Shipbuilding Strategy is the right approach to ensure our Coast Guard, Navy, and marine activities are supported by modern vessels. In addition to adapting to meet evolving federal shipbuilding requirements, the Strategy is creating jobs, generating benefits and prosperity in communities across Canada, and supporting a sustainable marine sector. We remain firmly committed to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, and will continue to work closely with our shipbuilding partners to continue its success into the future.”

—The Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Coast Guard delivers a number of services, including: search and rescue, environmental response, ice breaking, ocean science, and maintaining a massive navigation and communication system.
  • Demands on the Coast Guard will only grow as the impacts of climate change, like extreme weather and natural disasters, become more frequent and intense.
  • Total funding for the 18 large ships is $15.7 billion, which represents early estimates of project budgets including construction, logistics and support, contingency, project management and infrastructure costs. The costs of each ship will be announced following contract negotiations.
  • The Government of Canada is investing in two new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, which will be adapted for the Coast Guard to perform tasks including offshore patrols. These ships will be built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax.
  • The Government of Canada is investing in up to 16 Multi-Purpose Vessels to support a variety of missions, including light icebreaking, environmental response, and offshore search and rescue. These ships will be built by Vancouver Shipyards.
  • The Government of Canada will also proceed through a competitive process with the design of a new class of smaller ships, the new Mid-Shore Multi-Mission Ship, which would complement the work of the large fleet in shallow areas and deliver mid-shore science activities.
  • Repairs, refits, and vessel life extension work will be carried out on the existing fleet until the new ships are delivered, with over $2 billion to be invested on a competitive basis for this purpose.
  • In addition to funding for shipbuilding, the Government of Canada is also providing over $351 million to support ongoing Canadian Coast Guard capacity enhancements such as strengthening management oversight and promoting innovation and greener practices.
  • The NSS is Canada’s long-term plan to renew the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. It aims to deliver vessels to these organizations, create jobs and generate economic growth for Canada, and build a sustainable Canadian marine sector.
  • In 2018, the Government of Canada awarded approximately $1.8 billion in new contracts to Canadian companies under the NSS. Of that amount, more than $173 million went to small businesses with fewer than 250 full-time employees.

Associated Link

PMO Media Relations: media@pmo-cpm.gc.ca
This document is also available at https://pm.gc.ca

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Reconcile Resource Management by Reflecting Indigenous Rights in Fisheries and Oceans Programs, Practises and Policies

Membertou, Nova Scotia, May 22, 2019 – The second and final report on the review of Indigenous programs at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) calls on the Department to reconcile the management of fish, habitat and other aquatic resources with Indigenous communities to achieve the intent of programs put in place almost three decades ago.

“The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy was always meant to enable resource co-management – to build and retain the capacity to meaningfully participate in the management of fisheries,” said John G. Paul, Executive Director of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat and Chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors. “It’s time to deliver on that promise so we can ensure that fish are around to meet the needs of future generations.”

The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy was one of two programs reviewed during phase two of Indigenous Program Review. The Aboriginal Fishery Guardian Program was the second. Both began in 1992 to help DFO manage the fishery in a manner that respected the section 35.1 priority rights of First Nations to fish for food, social and ceremonial purposes.

“The priority rights of Indigenous peoples must be better reflected in the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy and other DFO programs, practises and policies,” said Ken Paul, Director of Fisheries at the Assembly of First Nations and an Institute Board Director. “This is key to the success of future programming and Indigenous–DFO collaborations.”

Recommendations made in the phase two report build on those made in phase one. This includes by identifying practical steps for the Department to take to support capacity-building and to realign programs to achieve Indigenous-set objectives. The report also makes a number of recommendations which require a cultural change to happen at the Department, such as recognizing that Indigenous fishery guardians are better placed to enforce the rules of the fishery in their territories.

“It’s time for DFO to fully embrace the value of enforcement collaboration with Indigenous Nations,” said Jordan Point, Executive Director of the First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia, Institute Board Director, and former fishery officer and fishery guardian. “This means recognizing the jurisdiction and authority of Nations in their territories – and being part of the collegial relationship envisioned for the Aboriginal Fishery Guardian Program.”

Recommendations in phase two are based on the input of more than 330 program participants from over 150 communities who were engaged in one of 36 engagement sessions held by the Institute between April 2018 and January 2019.

The Institute also held engagement sessions with more than 140 potential participants from communities across the North to inform the development of the Northern Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative. These sessions took place alongside Indigenous program review between September 2017 and October 2018.

“What we learned and heard is that communities in the North need a flexible, multi-type program,” said Jeffrey Maurice, Director of Policy and Planning at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and Board Director. “For some, this means a program similar to the one in the east and the west. For others, it means introducing a model of economic development programming that values community fishing for food security and sovereignty, as well as local market saturation.”

“Governments and all Canadians need to understand the importance of the Northern Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative to the economic success of northern regions,” added the Honourable Ethel Blondin-Andrew, P.C., resident of the Sahtu Region in the Northwest Territories and Board Director. “In many areas of the North, commercial fishing is one of the few

– if not the only – economic driver for our communities. It’s also key to addressing high unemployment rates and food insecurity.”

Indigenous program review is the result of a collaborative, technical approach being taken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the National Indigenous Fisheries Institute to achieve a shared vision for future programs – and to address challenges together. Within this co-development, co-design, co-delivery approach, Indigenous experts and government officials work together to identify best practises and mutually acceptable solutions by examining the operations behind programs, and the practises behind program delivery, while respecting the views and aspirations of Indigenous communities.

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To download the reports: http://indigenousfisheries.ca/en/resources/

More information: Shannon Sheil, Communications media@indigenousfisheries.ca, indigenousfisheries.ca 778-528-3258, m: 250-508-7763

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LAURION and Metals House Inc. Form Strategic Alliance

TORONTO, ONTARIO – (May 22, 2018) – LAURION Mineral Exploration Inc. (TSX.V: LME

and OTCPINK: LMEFF) (“Laurion” or the “Corporation”), is very pleased to announce that LAURION and Metals House Inc. (“Metals House”) has signed a Doré Sourcing Agreement which includes LAURION and LAURION’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ahsineeg Inc. (“Ahsineeg”), and Ahsineeg’s private investment group.

“We are excited to partner with Laurion in this strategic initiative,” said Ayman Shahin, Co-Founder and CEO of Metals House. “We expect this to be the first step in a mutually beneficial long-term relationship between Laurion and Metals House.”

This Agreement will give Metals House a ‘right of first refusal’ to the 190,000 tonne surface stockpile (the “Surface Stockpile”) located on LAURION’s wholly-owned Ishkoday property (the “Ishkoday Project”) situated 220 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The former Sturgeon River Mine produced 73,322 ounces of gold, and 15,929 ounces of silver (1936-1942) from the No. 3 Vein (24 g/t gold), generating a large gold and silver bearing stockpile in the indicated resource category. (NI 43 -101 – See Press Release April 23, 2013 and the Technical Report filed on SEDAR June 2013).

LAURION’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ahsineeg, along with its private investment group, will not only finance and otherwise support the development and extraction of gold and other metals from the Surface Stockpile, but will serve as the Canadian conduit/broker for Metals House for doré sourced in Canada and other countries.

Metals House is a fully regulated global precious metals trading firm with its principal trading subsidiary in the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) in Dubai, UAE. The firm has offices in Dubai, Miami, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Nouakchott and Hong Kong.

Metals House’s primary business is arbitraging the pricing spreads between gold as a commodity (raw/unrefined gold) and gold as a currency (refined/”Good Delivery” bars). The company purchases unrefined artisanal mine-produced precious metals, as well as bullion, bulk scrap jewelry, and government-minted gold and silver coins globally. Metals House verifies the purity and refines the precious metals, and sells Good Delivery bars and minted coins to clients worldwide. Metals House earns its revenues independent of gold price volatility.

Metals House recently launched a $150 Million Debt Security Offering. The investment opportunity, launched in April 2019, combines the collateral backing of physical gold with a senior secured 8% coupon debt instrument. Approximately 95% of Metal House’s total capital base is backed by physical precious metals (gold and silver) inventory and USD currency, with inventory hedged against market fluctuations.

LAURION’s announcement of this Agreement with Metals House not only signals an important moment for LAURION and its shareholders moving forward, but creates a mutually beneficial long-term strategic financial working partnership for both parties.

Cynthia Le Sueur-Aquin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Laurion stated: “This is truly a Win-Win scenario for all parties involved. Metals House Inc. has an excellent reputation in precious metals trading and long-standing relationships in the gold and silver industries. We look forward to drawing from their extensive international network, their industry expertise and their market knowledge while bolstering a strategic financial partnership that in time will drive the significant upside in LAURION’s Ishkoday Gold Project.”

About Laurion

The Corporation is a junior mineral exploration and development company listed on the TSX-V under the symbol LME and on the OTCPINK under the symbol LMEFF. LAURION now has 153,630,084 outstanding shares of which 55.1% are owned and controlled by Insiders and within the “friends and family” category.

LAURION’s emphasis is on the development of its flagship project, the 100% owned mid-stage 44 km2 Ishkoday Project, and its gold-silver and gold-rich polymetallic mineralization with a significant upside potential.

The Corporation has a project-wide database (2008 to 2018) that includes 283 diamond drill holes totaling 40,729m, geological mapping, ground geophysics, and 14,992 individual samples with assays and geochemical analysis. The mineralization on the Ishkoday is open at depth beyond the current core-drilling limit of -200 m from surface, based on the historical mining to a -685 m depth, as evidenced in the past producing Sturgeon River Mine.

Developing strong community relations is an integral part of the business plan at LAURION. Our publicly-owned company and its subsidiary, Ahsineeg, intends to continually strive to establish an active partnership with our Aboriginal Groups and communities in which we conduct our operations.

Mr. Jean Lafleur, P. Geo. (APGO, OGQ), Laurion’s Technical Advisor to the Board of Directors, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 guidelines, and has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Laurion Mineral Exploration Inc.
Cynthia Le Sueur-Aquin – President
Tel: 1-705-788-9186
Fax: 1-705-805-9256
Website: http://www.laurion.ca

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Media advisory: Minister Seamus O’Regan to provide remarks at Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Gathering in Saskatchewan

From: Indigenous Services Canada

Flying Dust First Nation, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan – Please be advised that the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, will attend the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Gathering where he will deliver remarks.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 10 am (CT)

Where:
Flying Dust Hockey Arena
Flying Dust Reserve
Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1T8
Contacts
For more information:

Kevin Deagle
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services
873-354-0987

ISC Media Relations
819-953-1160
SAC.media.ISC@canada.ca

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OHRC and OFIFC reaffirm joint commitment to reconciliation

TORONTO – In April, 2019, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) renewed an agreement, originally signed in April 2017, to work together with the ultimate goal of ending discrimination against Indigenous peoples in Ontario. The renewed agreement reinforces our ongoing collaboration with urban Indigenous communities based on trust, dignity, respect and a shared commitment to reconciliation and substantive equality.

The OFIFC and the OHRC will continue to work together to build the capacity and human rights knowledge of OFIFC and Friendship Centre staff, share information and data, and engage with urban Indigenous people on policy development. They will coordinate provincial advocacy in key areas such as health care, child welfare, criminal justice, the over-representation of Indigenous people in the provincial corrections system and systemic issues related to violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Reconciliation is one of the OHRC’s strategic priority areas. This agreement reflects the OHRC’s commitment to engage with Indigenous leaders and communities on common issues and concerns. It will help connect the OHRC with the 85.5 per cent of Indigenous people who live in urban areas and are protected from discrimination in housing, employment and services under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Friendship Centres are the primary service delivery agents for Indigenous peoples seeking culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate services in urban communities.

“In collaborating with the OHRC, we have worked to increase Indigenous peoples’ capacity to engage with the provincial human rights system across the Friendship Centre network,” said Armand Jourdain, OFIFC President. “Our strengthened partnership allows us to continue to address the disproportionate rate of discrimination Indigenous people face.”

“Over the past two years, the OFIFC has helped the OHRC to better understand and address systemic discrimination,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “Renewing our agreement to work closely with the OFIFC demonstrates the OHRC’s commitment to maintain trusting and sustainable relationships with diverse Indigenous communities across Ontario.”

The OHRC has successfully collaborated with the OFIFC to provide joint training, engage with Indigenous peoples in settings across the province, and provide input into each other’s educational, policy development and communications activities.
Media contacts:

Yves Massicotte
Communications & Issues Management
Ontario Human Rights Commission/Commission ontarienne des droits de la personne
416-314-4491 Yves.massicotte@ohrc.on.ca

Kate Adach
Communications Coordinator
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
416-956-7575 ext. 251 kadach@ofifc.org

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Ch’ihilii Chìk Habitat Protection Area established

The Government of Yukon, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Government and North Yukon Renewable Resources Council approved the Ch’ihilii Chìk Habitat Protection Area Management Plan at a signing ceremony on May 17 in Old Crow.

The Ch’ihilii Chìk Habitat Protection Area is located about 120 kilometres southeast of Old Crow. It is well known for abundant whitefish, moose, beaver, muskrat and caribou hunting, and is a significant wetland complex. The area is used for subsistence hunting and is economically and culturally important.

The management plan will support conservation of fish and wildlife habitat; recognize the traditional, current and future uses of the area by Vuntut Gwitchin citizens; and preserve water quality and quantity.

The Gwich’in people have used the Ch’ihilii Chìk habitat protection area to fulfill cultural and subsistence needs and values since before Europeans arrived. Now, we are seeing the vision contained within our final agreement and the North Yukon Land Use Plan realized. Thank you to everybody who dedicated their time and expertise to make this possible.

Minister of Environment Pauline Frost

On behalf of my people, it is wonderful to see our past leaders and Elders vision come to fruition in our protected area network here in north Yukon. The completion of Ch’ihilii Chìk, or “where fish come out of the lakes,” represents our commitment to a healthy northern ecosystem and is our Vuntut Gwitchin nature legacy to share with the world and all living things. The Whitefish Wetlands are a special place to our people and a fragile habitat for fish and wildlife. The creation of Ch’ihilii Chìk was a truly cooperative effort through our Final Agreement. Mahsi Cho for everyone’s hard work!

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm

Ch’ihilii Chìk nijin łuk hiijaa, Vuntut Gwitchin kat giikan gwiindai’, ye’eenoo gwats’at, juk drin gwats’at yeendoo nakhwa k’eejit kat giikan gweheendaii. Juk drin gwats’at gook’ahanaat’yaa tr’igwałtsaii.

Ch’ihilii Chìk is where the fish go to, and the Vuntut Gwitchin have lived off it from a long time ago to today, and into the future for the young generation to live off. Today, it is protected.

North Yukon Renewable Resources Council councilor Joel Peter
Quick Facts

  • The North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan approved by the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Government and the Government of Yukon in 2009 recommended special management of Ch’ihilii Chìk.
  • The planning process has taken several years and included community meetings in Old Crow and one open house in Whitehorse. A draft plan went out for public review in the summer of 2018.
  • The establishment of Ch’ihilii Chìk like other habitat protection areas is intended to preserve habitat, conserve natural resources and safeguard traditional First Nation practices. Habitat protection areas maintain important features of Yukon’s natural and cultural environment for the benefit of residents and visitors while respecting the rights of First Nations.
  • The Ch’ihilii Chìk Habitat Protection Area is made up of 75 per cent Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Settlement Land, and the remainder is Yukon public land.
  • There are no quartz or placer claims, oil and gas permits or coal licences within the habitat protection area. Chance Oil and Gas voluntarily relinquished their lease in the habitat protection area during the planning process.
Contact

Lisa Bucher
Cabinet Communications
867-332-0480
lisa.bucher@gov.yk.ca

Diana Dryburgh-Moraal
Communications, Environment
867-334-9815
diana.dryburgh-moraal@gov.yk.ca

Darius Elias
Fish & Wildlife Manager, Vuntut Gwitchin Government
867-332-0111
fwman@vgfn.net

Jason Van Fleet
Executive Director, North Yukon Renewable Resources Council
867-966-3034
nyrrc@northwestel.net

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UBCIC Denounces The RCMP’s Treatment of Sexual Assault Victim and Demands Immediate Justice

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – May 22nd, 2019) Last week, APTN released disturbing video footage from 2012 of an RCMP officer abusively interrogating an Indigenous youth who had reported a sexual assault.

The officer questioned the young woman, asking if she was sexually aroused during the assault, what she did to try to stop it, and at one point accuses her of falsifying the report. Though the young woman was in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) at the time, the social workers with her offered no support throughout the interview and allowed her to be questioned alone by two male officers for over two hours. The victim later reported she was punished by her foster parents and MFCD social workers for making the report.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), stated: “We vigorously condemn and strongly denounce the actions of the RCMP officer and MCFD social workers for further victimizing this young woman in a time of crisis. Their actions are starkly indicative of the deeply embedded racist devaluation of Indigenous women and girls that exists broadly in Canadian society. We demand that the Liberal government and the RCMP take immediate action to address this particular incident and the shameful legacy of violence towards Indigenous women and girls”.

“Indigenous women and girls demand justice. We have been the target of extreme violence for too long, and we will not be silenced anymore,” stated Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the UBCIC. “This vulnerable young woman was victimized when she was assaulted, and instead of honouring her story and seeking justice, she was further victimized by the system that was supposed to help her.”

On June 3rd, 2019, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will release its final report. The inquiry came after years of advocacy efforts led by grassroots Indigenous women who called upon the Canadian state to address the systemic and root causes of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls. In responding to this story of the interrogation, Judge Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner of the Inquiry, stated that this story was like many she and the other commissioners heard during the inquiry hearings.

Media inquiries:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, UBCIC
Phone: (250) 490-5314
Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC
Phone: (250) 320-7738

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A real smear job’: Authors who dispelled myths about Chief Poundmaker applaud exoneration – CBC

May 22, 2019

Co-authors Blair Stonechild and Bill Waiser revealed Chief Poundmaker was a peacemaker, not a rebel or traitor

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s exoneration of Chief Poundmaker, planned for Thursday at the Saskatchewan First Nation that bears his name, will help right a historical wrong and correct a 134-year-old myth in Canadian history, according to two authors who wrote the book on First Nations involvement in the Northwest Rebellion.

Poundmaker, whose Cree name was Pîhtokahanapiwiyin, was convicted of “treason-felony” and locked up after Ottawa accused him and other First Nations leaders of instigating violence in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/bill-waiser-blair-stonechild-applaud-poundmaker-exoneration-1.5143950

Ontario Supporting Freshwater Research and Education

Province Investing in Northern Ontario’s Experimental Lakes Area

May 21, 2019

Ontario’s government is working for the people by investing in a unique, world-renowned northern research facility to help protect the province’s freshwater ecosystems.

Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, was in Kenora to announce Ontario is providing more than $2 million in funding to the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA).

Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the IISD-ELA is receiving $30,000 to hire an architectural firm to complete a detailed design and cost estimate for the construction of a water science education and training centre.

The replacement of its outdated facility with a new education and training centre will allow the institute to continue providing and developing initiatives such as the Experimental Lakes Area Student Experience high school program and a field biology program run in partnership with Lakehead University. The new centre will also help expand outreach and collaboration with northwestern Ontario communities and First Nations, as well as increase ecotourism opportunities.

“Our government is proud to be making investments in quality science and research that will help us to protect and enjoy our waterways and freshwater ecosystems,” said Rickford. “We have been keen on showing the world that Ontario is open for business and open for jobs – and with today’s exciting announcements, we are proud to say that Ontario is open for research as well.”

On behalf of John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Rickford also announced up to $2 million will be provided to the IISD-ELA in 2019-20 to ensure ongoing, multi-year research projects and important long-term monitoring of the Experimental Lakes Area will continue.

“Ontario is fortunate to be home to many lakes, rivers and streams that provide recreational and tourism opportunities, and significant contributions to our economy,” said Yakabuski. “That’s why making investments in quality science and research that help us to protect these water systems is so important, and it’s a pleasure to work with my colleague Greg Rickford on this initiative.”

“The IISD Experimental Lakes Area is extremely grateful for this continued support from the Government of Ontario,” said Jane McDonald, Interim President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development. “As we extend beyond our 50th anniversary, we continue to track emerging threats to freshwater head on, with new and exciting research on oil spills, acid rain, pharmaceuticals, microplastics, algal blooms, environmental DNA and much more.”

Quick Facts

  • The Experimental Lakes Area, located east of Kenora, is one of the world’s most influential freshwater research facilities. It is a natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research.
  • The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation promotes and stimulates economic development initiatives in Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects that foster economic growth and diversification. Since June 2018, the corporation has invested more than $63 million in 501 projects, creating or retaining over 770 jobs.

Media Contacts

Sydney Stonier
Minister’s Office
Sydney.Stonier@ontario.ca
416-314-5199

Leah Wong
Media Advisor, Communications Branch
leah.wong@ontario.ca
416-314-6275

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$1.75 million to connect the Eleonore mine to the fibre optic network

QUEBEC, May 22, 2019 – The Government of Québec, through the Société du Plan Nord, will invest $1.75 million to connect Newmont Goldcorp’s Eleonore mine facilities to the existing regional fibre optic network. This project will enable one of Quebec’s most innovative mining companies to continue advancing its vision to create mine 4.0, an interconnected mine of the future. This connection, which will help optimize the company’s operations, will also increase the quality of life of workers on site and encourage employee retention.

Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region, made the announcement yesterday while visiting Eleonore Mine in the presence of the Grand Chief and Chairperson of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Dr. Abel Bosum.

124 kilometers of fibre optic cable will be laid from the Eastmain 1A link to the Eleonore Mine. This project, valued at $3.5 million, will be delivered by the non-profit organization Eeyou Communications Network (ECN). The new high-speed connection is expected to be operational in 2020.

Quotes:

“The mining sector is entering a new era with mine 4.0. Today’s funding will contribute to the Éléonore mine’s competitiveness in the future: access to a reliable and high-performance telecommunications network is fundamental for the industry to modernize. The realization of this project is excellent news for the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region, but also for the Quebec economy.”
Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region

“Innovative partnerships like this one represent the commitment of the Cree Nation to collaborate on the development of better infrastructure to respond to ever-evolving industries. Reliable technology is fundamental to the success of large-scale projects that are in turn beneficial to the people of Eeyou Istchee. We are pleased to see the leadership role Eeyou Communications Network has taken in delivering a project that we can all be proud of and look forward to its future development in servicing the territory as a leader in communications technology.”

Dr Abel Bosum, Grand Chief and Chairperson of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)

“From the very start of the Eleonore project, our community has collaborated to ensure best interest for everyone involved, especially land-users. The people of Wemindji take pride in the important contributions it has made to building a world-class operation conscious of its duty to protect the environmental and social elements shared with the people of our community. Inclusive and innovative projects, like Eleonore, prioritizing Cree partnership and technology from ECN is setting a positive standard in Eeyou Istchee.”

Christina Gilpin, Chief, Cree Nation of Wemindji

“Newmont Goldcorp’s Eleonore Mine welcomes this commitment to innovation and investment in the Eeyou Istchee territory. This joint investment from our Cree partner, Eeyou Communications Network, and the Société du Plan Nord will connect the mine to a fibre optic network, providing far more bandwidth than we have today, and will support our vision of creating the first 4.0 mine in Quebec. With this technology backbone in place, new sustainable and responsible mining developments can consolidate the leadership role Quebec plays in Canada’s mining sector and beyond. This announcement is also an opportunity to highlight the merger of Newmont and Goldcorp, whose purpose is to create value and improve lives, and with transformative investments like these, we can continue being a catalyst in this region.”

Sophie Bergeron, General manager, Eleonore Mine, Newmont Goldcorp

“Eeyou Communications Network is enthusiastic that a very important industrial partner of the region and of ours, the Eleonore mine, will benefit from our cutting-edge fiber-optic infrastructure to improve its operations. This is the culmination of many years of regional development and a great milestone for us. The support we have received from the Société du Plan Nord, for our James Bay highway project and this new project to connect the Eleonore mine has been invaluable make this achievement a reality and we look forward to future partnerships so that our region continues to be a leader in regional telecommunications development.”

Alfred Loon, President, Eeyou Communications Network

Highlights:

  • The Société du Plan Nord contributes, from a sustainable development perspective, to the planning and integrated and coherent development of northern Quebec. It does so in consultation with representatives of the regions and indigenous peoples, as well as the private sector.
  • Newmont Goldcorp is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. The Company’s world-class portfolio of assets, prospects and talent is anchored in favorable mining jurisdictions in North America, South America, Australia and Africa. Newmont Goldcorp is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and is widely recognized for its principled environmental, social and governance practices. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by robust safety standards, superior execution and technical proficiency. Newmont Goldcorp was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.
  • Eeyou Communications Network (ECN) is a not-for-profit telecommunications corporation that provides broadband carrier services for the Cree communities of Eeyou Istchee and municipalities of the James Bay region. ECN delivers advanced, reliable and cost-effective network access for the benefit of communities, populations, businesses, organizations and governments. ECN brings diversified connectivity to global telecom networks, content providers and to Internet for a broad range of social and economic opportunities. ECN supports technology that encourages cultural diversity and autonomy for communities and region.

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OHRC: Letter to Solicitor General Jones – Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre

Hon. Sylvia Jones
Ministry of the Solicitor General
18th Floor, George Drew Building
25 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Y6

Dear Solicitor General Jones:

Thank you for providing the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) with the opportunity to tour Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) in London, Ontario on March 21, 2019.

I am writing today to provide a summary of what we learned based on:

  • a tour of the facility
  • engagement with the Superintendent, senior command, senior Ministry of the Solicitor General (MSG) leadership
  • engagement with representatives from the union
  • private interviews and correspondence with female and male prisoners
  • recent media coverage
  • Coroner’s Inquest jury recommendations and related government commitments.

As you know, the OHRC has toured jails and correctional centres across Ontario since 2016 as part of our monitoring of the settlement in Jahn v. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Moreover, the OHRC has a statutory mandate under s. 29 of the Human Rights Code (Code) to initiate reviews and inquiries into conditions that may lead to incidents of tension or conflict in a community or institution, and to report to the people of Ontario on the state of human rights in Ontario.

The conditions at EMDC are amongst the worst I have seen in Ontario. Fourteen prisoners have died at EMDC in the past decade. The institution is overcrowded, unsanitary and dangerous. Prisoners’ mental health, addictions and creed-related needs are not being adequately accommodated. Correctional Officers do not have adequate training or support. The conditions are dehumanizing, antithetical to rehabilitation and reintegration, and pose a serious risk to the health and safety of prisoners and correctional officers alike.

The conditions at EMDC fall well-short of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules) and have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable prisoners. MSG has an obligation under the Code to accommodate the unique needs of prisoners with mental health disabilities or addictions, and Muslim and Indigenous prisoners. The conditions at EMDC stand in the way of meeting these human rights obligations.

MSG has been aware of problems at the institution for many years. While the OHRC welcomes the government’s commitment to hire “more correction officer graduates” and “enhance security” at EMDC, it is unlikely these modest commitments will resolve the serious issues at the institution.

Overcrowding

EMDC is extremely overcrowded. Cells that were originally designed to house a single person now regularly hold three to five people. Program rooms on the range have been converted into cells to house yet more prisoners. We entered one cell with three prisoners—two in a bunkbed and one on the floor near the communal toilet—and saw first-hand the crowded and filthy conditions. When the jail is locked down, for example due to ongoing staff shortages, prisoners can spend multiple days locked in their cells.

For vulnerable prisoners, especially those who are young or have mental health disabilities, overcrowding increases stress and anxiety which can lead to “voluntary” admission to segregation, use of intoxicants, violence or other harmful behaviours.

Rule 12 of the Mandela Rules states that “Where sleeping accommodation is in individual cells or rooms, each prisoner shall occupy by night a cell or room by himself or herself,” noting that even in the event of temporary overcrowding, “it is not desirable to have two prisoners in a cell or room.” Rule 15 notes that “sanitary installations” (i.e. toilets) should be clean and allow prisoners to meet their needs in a “clean and decent manner.” EMDC falls well short of this standard.

Unsanitary conditions

While multiple prisoners reported that the facility was cleaned extensively in preparation for the OHRC’s visit, both prisoners and Correctional Officers reported ongoing concerns with mould, poor air quality and ventilation and environmental toxicity. We experienced first-hand the dirty conditions and detected a noticeable smell throughout the institution.

Prisoners are housed in cells secured by a full metal door with a small meal hatch. The cells we saw did not have windows. The yards are small and paved, and staff noted that some of the yards are being subdivided to allow incompatible prisoners to receive their yard time concurrently. Due to overcrowding and incompatibility issues, staff cannot guarantee that prisoners have access to the yard on a daily basis.

Rule 17 of the Mandela Rules speaks to the need for prisons to be properly maintained and kept “scrupulously clean at all times.” Rule 35 contemplates regular oversight of prison conditions by public health agencies to ensure cleanliness, and adequate sanitation, lighting, ventilation, etc.

Rule 14 of the Mandela Rules speaks to the importance of access to natural light, fresh air and ventilation. Rule 23 requires that prisoners have at least one hour of suitable exercise in the open air daily. EMDC falls well short of these standards.

Dangerous conditions

Prisoners and Correctional Officers alike expressed serious concerns about their personal safety.

Every prisoner we spoke to talked about the near constant threat of violence. Prisoners noted that they face violence from other inmates if they fail to bring contraband drugs into the institution. Some prisoners recounted experiences of being seriously harmed, including allegations of violence from Correctional Officers.

Correctional Officers noted that while EMDC houses a particularly dangerous population, there is no meaningful access to programming to address their criminogenic factors. In the absence of meaningful tools to proactively engage prisoners, a prison subculture has taken root where more dangerous prisoners are able to control the range and prey on weaker individuals.

Correctional Officers also reported high levels of violence and abuse from prisoners and noted the associated elevated use of sick leave amongst staff. These sick leaves create a vicious cycle that ultimately makes the job of on-duty officers even more difficult due to lockdowns and increased insecurity in the prison environment. It would appear that to date MSG has done little to address the high rates of occupational stress for EMDC staff, although we are hopeful that the government’s recent funding announcement will provide some support for corrections staff to address occupational stress injuries.

Correctional Officers noted that the current infrastructure favours “warehousing” over rehabilitation, with a reliance on static security over direct supervision. This is despite research that suggests that direct supervision is safer because it allows adequately trained correctional officers to interact in a pro-social manner with prisoners within their living units.

Correctional Officers noted that they are not provided with adequate training to meet the unique needs of prisoners housed at EMDC. For example, they noted that they are not provided with training on de-escalation techniques, or how to respond to individuals with mental health disabilities and ensure they receive appropriate services. Again, the government’s recent funding announcement will hopefully provide staff with additional training to address some of these issues, but such training will likely be insufficient without direct support to address the needs of prisoners with mental health disabilities.

We understand from numerous sources that Standard Operating Procedures and Ministry policies are considered “non-binding guidance” by management and staff alike. Many individuals noted that it would be impossible to comply with the policies and procedures at EMDC.

Rule 1 of the Mandela Rules notes the paramount importance of ensuring the safety and security of prisoners and staff. Rules 75-76 note the need for prison staff to receive regular, evidence-based training which, at a minimum, covers “security and safety, including the concept of dynamic security, the use of force and instruments of restraint, and the management of violent offenders, with due consideration of preventive and defusing techniques, such as negotiation and mediation.”

EMDC falls well short of these standards.

Accommodation of people with mental health disabilities and addictions

Staff and management confirmed that many prisoners at EMDC have mental health disabilities and addictions (including to opioids), often rooted in trauma previously experienced in the community.

Everyone we spoke to confirmed the relatively easy access to illegal drugs within the prison environment and expressed concern about the number of overdose-related deaths at EMDC. Correctional Officers noted that they have been able to successfully administer naloxone to prevent deaths in some cases. We are also pleased that prisoners are able to access and begin methadone and suboxone programs while incarcerated. We understand that demand for these health services is very high amongst both the men and women, but that staff resources are insufficient to meet this demand.

Prisoners noted extensive waiting lists—spanning weeks and months—to see a medical doctor, dentist and/or psychiatrist. Correctional Officers noted that even where nurses or social workers are available, there is inadequate space for them to meet confidentially with prisoners. Correctional Officers also noted that while they are provided with basic mental health training, it is insufficient to equip them to respond to individuals with mental health disabilities and ensure they receive appropriate services.

Rules 24-35 of the Mandela Rules note that provision of health care for prisoners is a State responsibility and that prisoners must enjoy the same standards of health care available in the community. Rule 31 states that physicians or other qualified health-care professionals shall have daily access to all prisoners who complain of physical or mental health issues or injury.

Rules 75-76 note the need for prison staff to receive regular, evidence-based training which covers, at a minimum, “the psychosocial needs of prisoners and the corresponding dynamics in prison settings, as well as social care and assistance, including early detection of mental health issues.”

EMDC falls well short of these standards.

Accommodation of creed-related needs

A number of prisoners we spoke to raised issues regarding accommodation of Indigenous spiritual practices, noting that smudging was not available on a regular basis, that there is no full-time Native Inmate Liaison Officer, and that ceremonies and spiritual guidance are not offered. A number of prisoners also noted that there is no Muslim Imam available at EMDC and that there are irregularities in terms of receiving religious accommodations (meals, prayer space, etc.).

The failure to adequately accommodate the creed-related needs of Indigenous and Muslim inmates raises serious Human Rights Code issues and should be resolved quickly.

Segregation

Despite renaming the two segregation units as a “Special Needs Unit” and a “Special Care Unit,” management and Ministry staff were unable to clearly identify how these “conditions of confinement” differed from segregation. In particular, they could not point to any additional or specialized health and programmatic resources offered within the units. This raises significant concerns about whether the policy changes are having the operational impact required by the terms of the Jahn consent order.

A Correctional Officer who accompanied us on the tour candidly noted that one of the prisoners had been in segregation for “a couple of years” and that there were no significant plans in place to address the long-term placement. As you are well aware, the OHRC remains concerned that there are currently no statutory or policy limits on long-term segregation placements, and no processes for independent oversight and review. Ontario courts have held that hard caps on long-term segregation and independent review of segregation placements are constitutionally mandated under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to visit EMDC. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly to discuss further these issues.

Sincerely,

Renu Mandhane, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Chief Commissioner
Ontario Human Rights Commission

cc:       Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General
Paul Dubé, Ontario Ombudsman
Justice David Cole, Ontario’s Independent Reviewer, Jahn Settlement
Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Ontario’s Independent Expert on Human Rights and Corrections, Jahn Settlement
OHRC Commissioners

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Wildfire forces evacuation of northern Alberta First Nation – APTN News

May 21, 2019

An out-of-control wildfire burning in northern Alberta forced 4,000 to flee their homes in High Level, and another 700 from Bushe River First Nation.

No injuries were reported as people were sent to nearly a dozen locations, including an evacuation centre in Slave Lake.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenny said the fire is rated at the highest danger level.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/05/21/wildfire-forces-evacuation-of-northern-alberta-first-nation/

Nunavut Arctic College – Staff and Faculty show off their sewing skills after a Kamik making course! – Education News Canada

May 22, 2019

Nunavut Arctic College offered a course in Kamik Making as Professional Development for Faculty and Staff for 6 weeks during the months of March, and April. All participants demonstrated their traditional Inuit sewing skills taught by Mary Panipak, assisted by Mary Akulukjuk.

A month prior to the starting date of the course, both Marys searched for the seal skin materials and purchased fourteen natural seal skins, two iqaqtiks, two naluaqs and fourteen atungaksaks. The course took place every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Saturdays from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

At the beginning of the course, Mary Panipak explained to the participants that everyone is different when it comes to sewing talent, and that she has taught students who have never sewn before. She encouraged everyone to do well, and she asked them not to be offended if she asked anyone to take out sewing stitches and start them over. She explained the importance of the traditional Inuit sewing stitches and how they need to be professionally done in order for the finished products to be perfect.

Read More: https://educationnewscanada.com/article/education/region/nunavut/38/768587/staff-and-faculty-show-off-their-sewing-skills-after-a-kamik-making-course-.html

Election platform included ‘gaming house’ – Brandon Sun

A gaming centre appears to have been part of early plans for a new urban reserve on the north end of Brandon, despite the Gambler First Nation chief saying that it never was.

Campaign material distributed before an August 2018 election that Chief David LeDoux’s brother Gordon — a custom-elected chief for Gambler — sent to The Sun show a drawing of a “gaming house,” below a line that says “re-elect David LeDoux for chief!”

“He had told the membership that’s what he was putting up there, he was going to make millions of dollars,” Gordon said. “This was part of his platform for running for chief again.”

A spokesperson from the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba said they’ve been in contact with Gambler First Nation since 2018 about a potential VLT site.

Read More: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/election-platform-included-gaming-house-510250942.html

Central Ridge Exploration Drilling Project — Public Comments Invited

May 21, 2019 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Central Ridge Exploration Drilling Project, located east of St.John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean.

To help inform this decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public and Indigenous groups on the project and its potential effects on the environment, as described in the summary of the project description.

All comments received will be considered public. Written comments in either official language must be submitted by June 10, 2019 to:

Central Ridge Exploration Drilling Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Email: CEAA.CentralRidge.ACEE@canada.ca

To view a summary of the project description or for more information, visit the Agency’s website at canada.ca/ceaa(Registry reference number 80175). Printed copies are available upon request.

The Proposed Project

Equinor Canada Ltd. is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within its offshore exploration licences in the Central Ridge Area, located approximately 375 kilometres east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, the Central Ridge Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1159 and 1160.

For more information on the Agency’s privacy policies, consult the Privacy Notice on its website at canada.ca/ceaa.

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Ontario Indigenous leader ‘perplexed’ with revised high school curriculum as collaboration ‘never happened’ – CBC

New high school courses come after halted sessions between province, Indigenous advisers in summer of 2018

May 22, 2019

Ontario’s education minister has announced the provincial government’s revised Indigenous curriculum but it’s not sitting well with one First Nations territorial organization that represents dozens of Indigenous communities in the province’s far north.

The curriculum is comprised of 10 elective courses in areas the government said will cover such topics as First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and cultures, as well as contributions to, and study of, art, literature, law, humanities, politics and history. It’s expected to be implemented in all public secondary schools starting September 2019.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/indigenous-curriculum-revised-1.5143966

Island Lake RCMP investigate drowning of a 4-year-old boy

May 21, 2019
St. Theresa Point , Manitoba

On May 20th, 2019 at approximately 12:30 am, Island Lake RCMP received a call from St. Theresa Point First Nation Safety Officers (FNSO), advising of an unresponsive four-year-old male in the community.

The initial investigation has determined that the child was last seen in the early evening of May 19, 2019. A ground search was done by community members, and shortly after 11:30 pm that evening, the child was found in a bay in the North End area of the community. He was taken to the nursing station in St. Theresa Point, where attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.

An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was confirmed to be drowning.

Island Lake RCMP continue to investigate.

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Contact information

Cpl. Julie Courchaine, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations
204-983-8497
Media.Relations.RCMP.Manitoba@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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The death of Colten Boushie and the ongoing fight for justice for Indigenous peoples – Rabble.ca

May 22, 2019

On August 9, 2016 Colten Boushie, a 22-year old Indigenous man, was shot in the back of the head by Gerald Stanley in Biggar, Saskatchewan. While Stanley was charged with second-degree murder, the trial and his eventual acquittal demonstrated a tragic amount of carelessness with Colten’s case. With his body being left in the car for a full day, the mismanagement of evidence, and the selection of an all-white jury, the trial sparked a national discussion about race relations in Canada.

Under these tragic circumstances, Colten’s family, led by his mother Debbie Baptiste, has been working to address the failures of the Canadian justice system and keep the memory of the Colten they knew alive. Colten was training to be a firefighter, loved by his community, and even considered getting married at the time of his death. This is the story that Indigenous filmmaker Tasha Hubbard wants to tell with her latest film Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, giving the audience profound insight into the family’s activism and ensuring that we continue to discuss these urgent issues.

Read More: http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/hum-podcast/2019/05/death-colten-boushie-and-ongoing-fight-justice-indigenous-peoples

Update 1: Northwest Alberta wildfire (May 21 at 4:50 p.m.)

Wildfire efforts continue near High Level in Mackenzie County. States of local emergency remain in effect, with residents under a mandatory evacuation order.

Current situation

  • The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire is burning approximately five kilometres south of the Town of High Level within Mackenzie County.
  • This out-of-control wildfire is almost 80,000 hectares.
  • Alberta Wildfire, Alberta Emergency Management Agency and local authorities are cooperating in the response.
  • Alberta Wildfire has about 90 firefighters and staff on the ground, supported by 25 helicopters, air tankers, 10 structural protection units and heavy machinery.
  • Hot and dry conditions in northern Alberta are forecast to continue for the foreseeable future, with the fire danger expected to increase.
  • Evacuation orders are in place for the Town of High Level and parts of Mackenzie County south of High Level.
  • Dene Tha’ First Nation declared an evacuation order for Bushe River and Meander River. Chateh is under an evacuation alert, with high-risk individuals being evacuated.
  • Approximately 5,000 people have been evacuated.

Registration centres

  • Registration centres are open at:
    • Slave Lake Legacy Centre (400 6 Avenue)
      • Hotels in Slave Lake are currently at capacity.
    • High Prairie Sports Palace (5409 49 Street)
    • Grande Prairie Regional College (10726 106 Avenue)
    • Peace River Misery Mountain Ski Hill (10408 89 Street)
    • La Crete Heritage Centre (25411 TWP RD 1060, south of La Crete)
  • Residents are asked to please check in with a registration centre, even if they are staying with family or friends, or finding alternate accommodations. You should also register with Red Cross online or by phone at 1-800-863-6582 to get help with urgent needs.

Highway closures

  • Highway 35 remains closed between five kilometres and 30 kilometres south of High Level. Highway 697 La Crete Ferry is identified as a detour. La Crete Ferry is operational with wait times of approximately one hour.
  • Highway 58 from High Level to approximately 90 kilometres from the junction with Range Road 45A remains closed.

Other information

  • High Level Court is closed. All scheduled Fort Vermilion matters will be heard in Peace River. Call 780-624-6256 if you’re unable to appear to register your name and phone number. Matters will be held by phone if necessary.
  • Alberta Health Services has issued a special air quality statement.

Detailed information is available on emergency.alberta.ca, which is updated frequently.
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Media inquiries

Government of Alberta
780-422-4905

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May 21/19 – Wildfire Update Northwest District Report #6 – NetNewsLedger

There were two new forest fires confirmed by the afternoon of May 21.

  • Red Lake Fire Number 4 has been declared out at 0.2 hectares and was located in Pikangikum First Nation.
  • Red Lake Fire Number 5 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located in Pikangikum First Nation.

Fire hazard in the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is moderate with an area of high hazard in the southwest portion of the region.

Read More: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2019/05/22/may-21-19-wildfire-update-northwest-district-report-6/

Return to traditional diets, health conference hears – Burns Lake District News

May. 22, 2019

Unhealthy lifestyles among First Nations people are causing many of the health problems in Indigenous communities in Canada, as the Honourable Steven Point told the audience at the Lake Babine Health Forum on May 7.

Steven, the former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia spoke along with his wife Dr. Gwen Point at the three-day event held at the Margaret Patrick Memorial Centre in Burns Lake.

The shift away from consuming traditional foods – such as hunted and trapped wild game – over the past few decades has seen the emergence of ailments that were previously unknown to Aboriginal people, Steven explained.

Read More: https://www.burnslakelakesdistrictnews.com/news/return-to-traditional-diets-health-conference-hears/

Successful Student Work Placement Program increases on-the-job paid work experience for post-secondary students

84,000 work placements will be created by 2023–024

May 22, 2019              Montréal, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

When post-secondary students get the chance to learn on-the-job, they build career skills, their resumes and connections that help them get good jobs when they graduate. Work-integrated learning through the Student Work Placement Program is how the Government of Canada will help Canada’s youth gain relevant, real-life work experiences.

That is why, in Budget 2019, the Government committed to creating 84,000 work placements by 2023–24. This new commitment is the next step towards the Government of Canada’s goal to ensure that, within 10 years, every young Canadian who wants a work-integrated learning opportunity can get one.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, spoke at HEC Montréal with the Information and Communications Technology Council and the Information Technology Association of Canada about their Student Work Placement Program partnerships with the Government of Canada and how it is helping young Canadians get the experience and skills they need through the Student Work Placement Program. To date, over 3,200 placements have been created across Canada and the Program is on track to create 11,500 paid work placements by 2021 in STEM and business fields.

Students in the Program benefit from higher earnings and more employment opportunities in fields closely related to their studies. Partnerships between employers, including small and mid-sized enterprises and post-secondary institutions, play an important role in developing skills training to better prepare Canadian students for the workforce.

Quotes

“On-the-job training through work integrated learning gives post-secondary students real-life work experience for real-life jobs. Expanding the opportunities in Canada for student work placements means that more students will be work-ready when they graduate.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“Expanding the Student Work Placement Program will help build a more skilled workforce in Canada. It will also build stronger partnerships between business and universities, colleges and polytechnics, and help post-secondary education students get the skills they need to succeed.”
– The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“We are on the cusp of a new era of digital transformation that is redefining every sector of the Canadian economy. The work-integrated learning through the Student Work Placement is a pivotal program for addressing the skills and labour shortages while developing tomorrow’s industry leaders that will shape Canada’s competitive advantage in a global context.”
– Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO

Quick facts

  • 3,200 student work placements have been created to date. 48% of these have been for students from under-represented groups and first-year students.
  • 1,082 employers have partnered with over 120 PSE institutions to offer student work placements across Canada. 88% of employers were small and medium sized enterprises
  • Budget 2019 proposed to:
    • create up to 20,000 new student work placements per year by 2023–24 with $631.2 million in funding over five years.
    • create an additional 20,000 placements per year by 2023–24 through new partnerships with innovative businesses with $150 million over four years.
    • support the Business/Higher Education Roundtable in creating an additional 44,000 student work placements by 2021–22 with $17 million over three years.
  • Launched in 2017, the Student Work Placement Program will create:
    • up to 10,000 paid student work placements in STEM and business fields and to build stronger partnerships between employers, polytechnics, universities and colleges with $73 million over four years. (Budget 2016)
    • up to 1,000 student work placements in the field of cyber security, as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy with $8.3 million in funding. (Budget 2018)
    • up to 500 new student work placements in the field of artificial intelligence with $3 million over three years. (Budget 2017)

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Contacts

Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
veronique.simard@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819-654-5611

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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Wiisag Corporation: A local cannabis company with a global mission – Ottawa Life Magazine

May 22, 2019

Indigenous peoples throughout North America have long harvested, traded and smoked a wide variety of plants for recreational, medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Many Indigenous communities see the legalization of the cannabis industry in Canada as a chance for future prosperity.

Wiisag Corporation, a Canadian Indigenous integrated cannabis company, is helping Canada’s Indigenous communities to regain control over their resources by tapping into this billion dollar industry.

Headquartered in Neyaashiinigmiing, on the west shore of Georgian Bay, Wiisag partners with Indigenous communities to fund, manage and operate the cultivation, product development, processing and packaging of cannabis. Indigenous communities are not provinces, therefore concerns about distribution, health and enforcement play out very differently on reserves than they do elsewhere. In conversations with chiefs, councillors, elders and youth in Indigenous communities, Wiisag was able to devise an actionable plan that creates formal inroads for First Nations to get involved in Canada’s cannabis industry.

Read More: http://www.ottawalife.com/article/wiisag-corporation-a-local-cannabis-company-with-a-global-mission

NDP: Indigenous communities shut out from providing meaningful input into new curriculum

May 21, 2019

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies courses made elective

SIOUX LOOKOUT — Sol Mamakwa, Ontario NDP critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, said it’s shameful for the Ford Conservatives to rewrite the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies curriculum without adequately consulting Indigenous communities; and wrong for Doug Ford to make Indigenous education an optional elective.

On Tuesday, the Ford Conservatives announced the new curriculum for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies after abruptly cancelling Indigenous curriculum-writing sessions last summer.

“It’s disheartening and frustrating to see the voices of Indigenous communities ignored once again,” said Mamakwa. “The Indigenous curriculum should be developed by Indigenous communities — not the Ford government, ramming through a new First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies curriculum without offering Indigenous communities meaningful opportunities to shape what it looks like.”

The curriculum is being made an optional elective at a time when the Ford Conservatives’ broader cuts to Ontario’s education system have already forced school board to cancel hundreds of classes, throttling the number of electives offered, and even cancelling sections of core courses in some cases.

“The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies curriculum must be mandatory, and it must reflect the experiences, voices and wisdom of Indigenous communities,” said Mamakwa. “Ford is not taking this TRC Call to Action seriously — and that drags us backwards, further away from reconciliation.”

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We know what it was like’: Slave Lake residents offer help, open homes to people fleeing wildfire – CBC

May 21, 2019

Business and residents offering evacuees places to stay

The evacuation order for the town of High Level, the surrounding Mackenzie County and the nearby Bushe River Reserve of the Dene Tha’ First Nation has forced more than 4,000 people to flee their homes.

More than 650 people have registered at an emergency reception centre set up in Slave Lake, a town 500 kilometres away from High Level.

People in the community are offering whatever they can to help.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/albertans-offer-free-services-to-wildfire-evacuees-1.5144286

Government of Canada funding community-led services to support at-risk individuals in Vancouver

May 21, 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia
Public Safety Canada

The Government of Canada is supporting at-risk individuals and ensuring those in vulnerable situations have access to the help they need to lead safe and healthy lives. Today, the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced that over $2 million has been made available under the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) for the Transitions Project delivered by the WISH Drop-In Centre Society.

The Transitions Project aims to support individuals overcome barriers in exiting the sex trade by creating individualized services ensuring dignity and self-determination an environment of respect.

The WISH Drop-In Centre Society is one of four local community organizations that form The Metro Vancouver Consortium to assist in the delivery of services for the Transitions Project.  The other partners include Aboriginal Front Door Society, Health Initiative for Men, and PACE Society. Former Consortium member, Battered Women’s Support Services, also delivers the Transitions Project at their location. This five-year project, which began in 2016, will reach up to 325 individuals aged 19-50.

Quotes

“Our government is committed to evidence-based criminal justice policies that are proven to prevent crime and victimization, and keep communities and people safe. We are proud to support community-led programming that stops crime before it starts through the empowerment of at-risk individuals to make positive and healthy decisions- giving them access to support and opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. The Government of Canada is pleased to support this project as it is making a meaningful difference.”

–       The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

“The Transitions project provides a much-anticipated opportunity to bring together the considerable, combined experience of Aboriginal Front Door Society, Health Initiative for Men, PACE Society, and WISH Drop-In Centre Society.  As The Metro Vancouver Consortium, we are grateful to Public Safety Canada and the City of Vancouver for funding that allows us to draw upon our collective expertise and best-practices in order to focus solely on providing innovative, wrap-around supports to sex workers throughout Metro Vancouver.”

– Mebrat Beyene, Executive Director, WISH

Quick facts

  • Funding was provided under the Crime Prevention Action Fund, which supports innovative projects for at-risk children and youth, and high risk offenders in communities.
  • The NCPS provides national leadership on cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime among at-risk populations and vulnerable communities by intervening to mitigate the underlying factors that put individuals at risk of offending.
  • The Government of Canada is making up to $94 million available over five years to develop inclusive, diverse, and culturally-adapted crime prevention projects across Canada.
  • From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the Government of Canada supported 84 community-based crime prevention projects across Canada.
  • Up to $42.6 million has been committed in 2018-2019 to support NCPS in the implementation and evaluation of crime prevention programs.

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Contacts

Marie-Emmanuelle Cadieux
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
marie-emmanuelle.cadieux@canada.ca

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657
media@ps-sp.gc.ca

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NAN Responds to Provincial Education Curriculum Launch

THUNDER BAY, ON (May 21, 2019): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has issued the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies curriculum launch in Thunder Bay today:

“We are disappointed that the province has walked back its commitment to the curriculum by offering it as elective courses instead of making it mandatory per the TRC Calls to Action. We are also perplexed at how a provincial education curriculum aimed truth-sharing and improving relations with Indigenous Peoples can be launched without our full involvement. First Nations are not stakeholders; we are rights-holders and Treaty partners. Any relationship must be built on this relationship, yet this government has left out most of the important voices. We will accept the offer by the Minister to meet in June but she has to be prepared to make significant adjustments if this is going to work.”

Truth-sharing and education on the Indian Residential School experience is one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Recommendation 62 calls for mandatory provincial education curriculum for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, which was supported by the previous government.

The Ford government got off to a poor start on the development of the curriculum when it suddenly cancelled last year’s TRC 2018 curriculum summer writing sessions. The TRC project was designed to enhance Ontario’s education curriculum with school boards working with Indigenous community partners to provide opportunities for teachers and students to learn about our shared history.

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email mheintzman@nan.on.ca

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Minister Tassi visits communities in New Brunswick, highlights Government of Canada’s support for seniors

May 21, 2019                Moncton, New Brunswick        Employment and Social Development Canada

Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and workplaces. That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to providing Canadian seniors with greater security and a better quality of life.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, wrapped up a successful two-day visit to New Brunswick, where she met with seniors and other key stakeholders in Fredericton, Moncton, Minto, Chipman and Riverview to hear the concerns of New Brunswick seniors and discuss how Budget 2019 will support them in their retirement.

Minister Tassi also met with the recipients of community-based funding for projects supported by the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The NHSP supports projects designed and led by seniors that promote seniors’ well-being and help them stay active and connected with their community. The Minister encouraged eligible community organizations to apply for NHSP funding, as the call for proposals launched on May 15 will close on June 21, 2019.

During events in Minto and Chipman, the Minister spoke of the importance of working together with communities and local organizations to better support seniors. With this in mind, the Minister announced, as a result of the 2018-2019 call for proposals, an investment of close to $1.1 million in NHSP funding to support 67 community‑based projects across New Brunswick. This funding will help seniors across the province stay informed, engaged and connected with their communities.

To conclude her New Brunswick visit, Minister Tassi met with Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, Chairperson of the National Seniors Council, to discuss emerging issues and opportunities related to the health, well-being and quality of life of seniors.

Throughout her visit, Minister Tassi underlined additional measures Budget 2019 proposes to improve the quality of life for Canadian seniors. Budget 2019 will:

  • Ensure Canadian workers receive the full value of their pension by proactively enrolling Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributors who are 70 years old or older and who have not yet applied to receive their retirement pension.
  • Enhance the security of workplace pensions through new measures that better protect pensions in the event of corporate insolvency, giving Canadians greater peace of mind when it comes to their retirement.
  • Take concrete steps towards the implementation of national pharmacare. These include working with provinces, territories and stakeholders on the creation of a Canadian Drug Agency, taking steps toward the development of a national formulary, and creating a national strategy for high-cost drugs for rare diseases.
  • Promote the inclusion and full participation of vulnerable seniors in society by increasing funding to the New Horizons for Seniors Program, supporting projects that provide new equipment for seniors’ centres, offer financial literacy classes, create volunteer opportunities and prevent elder abuse and social isolation.
  • Make retirement more financially secure for seniors who wish to work by enhancing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) earnings exemption so they can take home more of their hard-earned income.

Quotes

“Canadian seniors have worked hard to support their families, build strong communities and grow our economy. Their knowledge, skills and experience are the cornerstones our economy and country were built on. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are taking more steps to empower seniors by strengthening their connections with their communities so they can have the healthy, happy and secure life they worked hard for.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

Quick facts

  • Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada. By 2030, the number of seniors will reach 9.6 million, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population.
  • Budget 2019 proposed an investment of $100 million over five years, and $20 million per year ongoing, for the New Horizons for Seniors Program to support projects that empower seniors in their communities and contribute to improving their health and well-being.
  • The National Seniors Council engages with seniors, stakeholders and experts to provide advice to the Government of Canada on current and emerging issues and opportunities related to the health, well‑being and quality of life of seniors. The Council reports to the Minister for Seniors, in recognition of her overarching federal responsibilities for seniors’ issues, and the Minister of Health, in recognition of the importance of health-related issues for older Canadians.

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Contacts

For media enquiries, please contact:
Lars Wessman
Office of the Minister of Seniors
873-396-0742
lars.wessman@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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The Daily Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2018

Self-reported sexualized and discriminatory behaviours in the Canadian Armed Forces declined significantly from 2016 to 2018, while the prevalence of self-reported sexual assault and certain inappropriate behaviours did not change. However, increased awareness and positive perceptions of responses to sexual misconduct suggest that members have a better understanding of these issues.

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Retail trade, March 2019

Retail sales increased for the second consecutive month, rising 1.1% to $51.3 billion in March. Sales were higher in 7 of 11 subsectors, representing 39% of retail trade.

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Travel between Canada and other countries, March 2019

Travel was up between the United States and Canada from February to March, while travel between Canada and overseas countries declined.

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Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories (preliminary), 2018

Business productivity rose in four provinces and every territory in 2018. Moreover, in most provinces and territories, productivity grew at a slower pace than in 2017. Nationally, productivity was unchanged in 2018, following a 2.2% increase in 2017.

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Monthly Mineral Production Survey, March 2019

Data for March from the Monthly Mineral Production Survey, including the Monthly Survey of Smelters and Metal Refineries, are now available on the Monthly Statistics of Mineral Production page of the Natural Resources Canada website.

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Refined petroleum products, April 2019

Data on the production, inventories and domestic consumption of refined petroleum products for Canada are now available for April upon request.

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Western Canadian First Nations groups making progress in bid to purchase TMX – Global News

May 21, 2019

Indigenous groups from across western Canada say they are nearly ready to put forward an offer to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

The multi-billion-dollar project is currently awaiting federal approval, but as Ottawa finishes its final round a consultations, at least two coalitions, representing bands from across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, have been raising capital and organizing a potential bid.

“Invitations have gone out to all Indigenous communities — over 300 in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan,” said Harrie Vredenberg, a board member with Project Reconciliation, a company that has set up shop in downtown Calgary in order to help negotiate and facilitate a 51 per cent equity stake purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/5298795/western-canadian-first-nations-tmx-purchase/

Indigenous Youth Under Colonization: Canada and Palestine

Credits: Justice for Palestinians Calgary

A forum for Indigenous youth in Canada and Palestine hosted by Justice for Palestinians Calgary and our Indigenous friends. This brought together youth and leaders from both communities and the public to talk about the impact of colonization on the lives of youth in areas of health, education, justice, and activism.

Major improvements to Highway 69 in Northern Ontario to support safer and more efficient travels

From: Infrastructure Canada

Sudbury, Ontario, May 21, 2019—Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to connecting communities, helping our businesses compete, and creating a strong economy and middle class.

Today, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan; and Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced funding for two projects providing important upgrades to Highway 69.

The first project involves twinning and realigning an 11-kilometre stretch of road from north of Highway 559 to just south of Shebeshekong Road. Work also involves constructing a new interchange at Woods Road, building new service roads to improve access for local drivers, and installing 14 culverts and 22 kilometres of fencing to protect wildlife.

The second project involves expanding a 19.3-km section of the highway to a four-lane, divided highway, including new twin bridges over Still River, Key River and Straight Lake. The project work also includes building new interchanges at Bekanon Road and at Highway 522.

These upgrades will improve safety and efficiency along this key route, boost trade, and support economic prosperity for the region by accommodating a greater number of commercial and passenger vehicles.

The Government of Canada is investing over $169.2 million for this project through the New Building Canada Fund – National Regional Projects.

Quotes

“These vital improvements to Highway 69 will make it easier for businesses to get their products to customers, reduce pollution, and allow local residents to spend less time in traffic and more time with their families. Projects like this improve the daily lives of Northern Ontarians now and lay the foundation for a bright and prosperous future.”

Marc Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan

“Now more than ever, communities need help meeting the long-term infrastructure needs of residents. Our government is making historic investments in roads, bridges, public transit and safe water across Northern Ontario, and I am pleased we are able to work with our partners to continue these investments.”

Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury

“I would like to thank the Government of Canada for its investment in the Highway 69/400 Project and to MP Serré and MP Lefebvre for their advocacy on this file. Residents of Greater Sudbury and all of Northern Ontario know how critical this highway is for trade and transportation safely to and from our region and are eager to see its completion.”

His Worship Brian Bigger, Mayor of Greater Sudbury

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will invest $49.2 million dollars for the Highway 69, FourLane Expansion, Highway 559 Northerly project.
  • The Government of Canada will invest $119.9 million dollars for the Highway 69, FourLane Expansion, Highway 529 to Highway 522 project.
  • Budget 2019, Investing in the Middle Class, is the federal government’s plan to create more well-paying jobs, put home ownership within reach for more Canadians, help working people get the training they need to succeed, support seniors and lay the foundation for national pharmacare.
  • With many municipalities across Canada facing serious infrastructure deficits, Budget 2019 includes a one-time top-up of $2.2 billion to the federal Gas Tax Fund to help address short-term priorities in municipalities and First Nations communities.
  • Budget 2019 builds on the Investing in Canada Plan, under which the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in community infrastructure across the country.
  • More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • The Ontario Government will soon be releasing the details of its investments.

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Contacts

Kaylie Dudgeon
Special Assistant
Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt
marc.serre.c1a@parl.gc.ca
705-897-2222

Emilie Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development
613-864-7690
emilie.simard3@canada.ca

Media Relations
Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca

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Film and arts industry to play starring role in Nunavut economic development

From: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Investments with Qaggiavuut’s Qaggiq School of Performing Arts and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation will help territory’s economic growth

May 21, 2019 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

The arts industry, including film, television, digital media and theatre, offers tremendous opportunities for economic development and creating jobs. Nunavut’s unique culture and geography makes it an ideal location for productions. Movies such as Two Lovers and a Bear, Iqaluit: The Movie and The Grizzlies were recently filmed in the territory. The play Kiviuq Returns has been staged to acclaim in Nunavut and Ontario.

That’s why the Government of Canada is announcing over $350,000 to Qaggiavuut’s Qaggiq School of Performing Arts and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC) for professional training and to support strategic development in the territory’s arts and film industry.

This funding was announced today by the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor.

The Government of Canada’s investment with Qaggiavuut’s Qaggiq School of Performing Arts supported a now completed one-year technical arts and mentorship program. Trainees increased their knowledge in production lighting, sound, video editing, camera work, set and costume design, along with stage and arts management. Already 12 of the graduates from this program have found work in the industry.

The Government of Canada is also funding the development of a five-year strategic plan for Nunavut’s film industry. The updated plan will examine the current media landscape to determine the best way to promote Nunavut’s film industry both in the territory and across Canada. Once completed, the strategy will provide the NFDC with the guidance to properly target market expansion, job creation and sector development.

Quotes

“The arts sector is one that has major growth potential for Nunavut. Major productions have already worked there, and with a well-trained workforce and a strategic plan, the industry will continue to grow in the future. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting training and development of the industry.”

Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor

“The arts and film industries have long benefited rural communities in Canada, providing employment and economic development activities. By supporting professional training and strategic planning, the Government of Canada is helping Nunavummiut take advantage of these opportunities, leading to new economic growth and jobs.”

Honourable Bernadette Jordan
Minister of Rural Economic Development

“The Canada Council for the Arts is pleased to support Qaggiavuut! through its Creating, Knowing and Sharing program. This program acknowledges the cultural sovereignty of Indigenous peoples and respects the concepts of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis self-determination. With the Council’s support, Qaggiavuut! contributes importantly to the development of the next generation of artists, as they ground their work in Inuit culture and encourage artistic growth and human connection. We look forward to hearing the voices of this next generation in the performing arts.”

Simon Brault
Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

“We’ve found that mentorship and matching young Inuit with a professional in the field is a highly effective way of training technical skills. Learning is done in the context of the high-pressure, creative and collaborative environment of live performance and trainees quickly find themselves mastering skills. An individualized approach allows the mentor to tailor training and it builds in motivation as the trainee gains concrete skills they can apply immediately.”

Ellen Hamilton
Executive Director, Qaggiavuut’s Qaggiq School of Performing Arts

“With CanNor’s funding assistance, we will be consulting and developing a new strategic plan for the film, television and digital media industry in Nunavut. We will identify the key factors to best support the continuing growth of this important industry to Nunavut’s economy over the next five years.”

Huw Eirug
CEO, Nunavut Film Development Corporation

Quick facts

  • CanNor invested $203,750 towards technical arts training in Nunavut, with the Canada Council for the Arts contributing $100,000 and Qaggiavuut’s Qaggiq School of Performing Arts an additional $60,700. Total funding for the training was $364,450.
  • CanNor is also contributing $122,006 towards a five-year strategic plan for Nunavut’s film industry, with the NFDC contributing $55,780 for a total of $177,786.
  • Nunavut’s film, television and digital media industry is estimated to be worth over $10 million annually to the territory’s economy.

Associated links

Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-1710

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region
CanNor
867-975-3722
craig.welsh@canada.ca

Ashley Tardif-Bennett
Communications Advisor
Canada Council for the Arts
613-566-4414, ext. 6030
Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 6030
Cell: 343-998-2625
Ashley.Tardif-Bennett@canadacouncil.ca

Ellen Hamilton
Executive Director
Qaggiavuut! Society
867-979-6485
ellen@qaggiavuut.com

Hue Eirug
CEO
Nunavut Film Development Corporation
867-979-3012
ceo@nunavutfilm.ca

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Ontario Launches First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies Curriculum

Curriculum Will Support Better Learning in Grades 9 – 12

May 21, 2019

Thunder Bay, Ontario — Ontario’s Government for the people is supporting Indigenous students and Indigenous education by releasing the new First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies, Grades 9 – 12, curriculum on the Ministry of Education website for school boards, educators, parents, and Indigenous communities and partners.

To implement the revised First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies curriculum, the Ontario government is committing $3.25 million to support school boards.

The curriculum is comprised of ten secondary courses. These elective courses will provide students with up-to-date learning about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives, cultures, contributions and contemporary realities in areas such as art, literature, law, humanities, politics and history. It also enhances the ability for educators to support students in their learning.

“We are committed to ensuring that Indigenous perspectives are present in Ontario’s curriculum,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education. “We look forward to continuing strong partnerships with Indigenous leaders and the community, and this represents an important step in our ongoing collaboration.”

The curriculum is the result of collaboration with Indigenous teachers, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Métis Senators, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit community representatives, residential school survivors, Indigenous partners, and other education stakeholders.

The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies, Grades 9 – 12, curriculum will provide secondary students a greater understanding of our shared history, and bring to life more holistic narratives and representation of Indigenous people that will support all students in their exploration and learning.

Ontario recently announced Education that Works for You, a new plan to improve learning, modernize classrooms, and empower educators to protect what matters most and better prepare students for the realities of today’s modern world. The launch of this new curriculum is a significant part of the government’s plan to fulfill Ontario’s new vision for education.

Quick Facts

  • The revised First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies, Grades 9 – 12, curriculum will be implemented in Ontario schools beginning in September 2019.

Media Contacts

Heather Irwin
Communications Branch
heather.irwin@ontario.ca
437 225-0321

Kayla Iafelice
Minister’s Office
kayla.iafelice@ontario.ca

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Town of High Level: Update as of May 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

May 21, 2019

There is no immediate threat to the Town of High Level from the wildfire burning to the southwest of town. The Town of High Level was successfully evacuated as of 10:00 p.m. May 20, 2019. We would like to thank all the communities that have reached out and have welcomed our residents to their communities. Thank you to the towns of La Crete, Slave Lake, and High Prairie for hosting reception centres.

Fire crews from across the Province continue to work within the Town of High Level and Mackenzie County. The sprinkler plan has been completely implemented. RCMP and protective services staff have worked throughout the night and continue to ensure the community is safe. Atco Power is continuing work to restore power to High Level and the surrounding communities. Thank you to all the emergency responders and town staff that are working tirelessly to keep High Level safe.

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Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

From: Status of Women Canada

May 21, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia – Department for Women and Gender Equality

Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the lifeblood of the women’s movement, and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.

That’s why today, Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada is investing up to $4.2 million in seven women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Parliamentary Secretary Duguid highlighted the organizations that will receive funding (please see the Backgrounder for more information and testimonials):

  • Bridges for Women Society;
  • Haven Society;
  • Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society;
  • North Island Métis Association;
  • SWOVA Community Development and Research Society;
  • Victoria Sexual Assault Centre; and
  • Westcoast Community Resources Society.

Funding for these projects stems from historic Budget 2018 investments in the Capacity-building Fund to support a sustainable women’s movement and the Gender-Based Violence Program to address gaps in support for underserved groups in Canada that experience gender-based violence.

Quotes

“With our historic investments, we recognize the women and women’s organizations breaking through barriers and express our gratitude to those who have been doing this work for decades on little more than a shoestring budget. The women’s movement across Canada has been asking for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work; our government listened. With stable and flexible funding, we are helping organizations on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands grow and endure, because we know that investing in women’s organizations is the most effective way to advance gender equality. By supporting a movement that has achieved amazing results, we are growing the middle class, strengthening families and communities, and creating lasting change that benefits everyone.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“With this new approach to sustainable funding, we are enabling women’s organizations on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to provide more services to the communities that need their help. This is an investment in a future where our economy and society will be transformed by advancing gender equality and preventing gender-based violence – for the benefit of all Canadians.”

Terry Duguid
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality
Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South

Quick facts

  • Budget 2018 announced $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada. Adding to this historic investment, Budget 2019 proposes to invest a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s Women’s Program. This means that by 2023–24, the Women’s Program, which supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers, will total $100 million annually.
  • This funding will enable women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.
  • To date, the Government of Canada has invested over $200 million to prevent gender-based violence, support survivors and their families, and create more responsive legal and justice systems.
  • Gender-based violence can have lifelong impacts on an individual’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, the effects can be serious and costly. Annually, the economic impact of intimate partner violence and sexual assault is estimated to be over $12 billion.
  • Canada will host the Women Deliver 2019 Conference from June 3 to 6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Held every three years, it is the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of women and girls.
  • The conference is part of a global movement to promote gender equality worldwide and give voice to a broad spectrum of people, including Indigenous peoples, youth and those living in conflict and crisis settings. It will bring together more than 7,000 individuals—world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, youth and journalists—from more than 160 countries, with an additional 100,000 people joining virtually.

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Contacts

Braeson Holland
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality
343-549-8825

Valérie Haché
Senior Communications Advisor
Department for Women and Gender Equality
819-420-8684

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Skills Ontario Competition medalists move on to national level

Over 2,400 students competed in nearly 70 skilled trade and tech contests and challenges

TORONTO, ON (May 17, 2019) – More than 65 students from across Ontario will move forward to the upcoming Skills Canada National Competition at the end of May after earning gold medals earlier this month at the 30th Skills Ontario Competition.

Over 2,400 elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students participated in the provincial event from May 6-8, 2019 at the Toronto Congress Centre, vying for the opportunity to compete against the best in the country. The Skills Canada National Competition takes place from May 28-29 in Halifax, NS.

“Those who compete at the Skills Ontario Competition are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “Because of the contribution from many industry, education, labour, and government partners, including the Government of Ontario, Skills Ontario is able to help prepare Ontario’s youth for a highly-skilled workforce of tomorrow through such initiatives as the Skills Ontario Competition.”

Featuring nearly 70 skilled trades and technologies contests, the Skills Ontario Competition is the largest skilled trades and technology competition in Canada.

A broad range of skills and careers were represented from across the manufacturing, transportation, construction, service, and technology sectors, as students competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Monetary awards were presented to medalists in select contest areas and categories, as were job offers from partnered organizations, at the Closing Ceremony.

Gold medalists in select contests are also eligible to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition.

Win or lose, the lives of many young competitors and visitors have been positively changed forever – from gaining new self-confidence by pushing their skills to a higher level, to winning a medal, or simply meeting a new mentor and discovering new career opportunities that they didn’t know existed.

Skills Ontario strives to build Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce, in part by organizing the annual provincial competition and qualifying competitions that lead up to it at several colleges.

For complete results from the 2019 Skills Ontario Competition, visit skillsontario.com/index.php?p=download&file=1136.

Skills Ontario – Promoting skilled trades and technologies in Ontario since 1989

Over the last 30 years, Skills Ontario has been growing a portfolio of programs including in-school presentations reaching 125,000 students across Ontario, career exploration summer camps, Young Women’s and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Career Exploration Conferences, and hosting Canada’s largest skills competition which annually attracts 35,000+ spectators who cheerlead the 2,400+ competitors in 68+ trades and tech categories. To see how you can partner with Skills Ontario and help make a difference in the lives of Ontario’s youth, visit skillsontario.com/get-involved.

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Media Contacts:
Emina Jakupović
Manager of Communications
519 749 9899 x 221
ejakupovic@skillsontario.com

Ian Howcroft
Chief Executive Officer
519 749 9899 x 229
ihowcroft@skillsontario.com

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Government of Canada invests over half a billion dollars to support thousands of students and researchers across the country

Funding includes support for science and engineering researchers starting their careers

May 21, 2019 – Hamilton, Ontario – Fresh ideas have the power to change the way we view the world and can lead to discoveries that will help solve some of our biggest challenges. When we invest in the innovative and creative work being done by our scientists and researchers, we are helping to ensure that our health, environment, communities and economy thrive.

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an unprecedented investment of more than $588 million through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants program.

The funding, stemming from the historic $4 billion for research committed in Budget 2018, will also support graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships for students in the natural sciences and engineering.

This funding will go to more than 4,850 researchers and students across the country as they pursue their world-leading discovery work. It also includes support for nearly 500 early-career researchers who will bring a diversity of new voices and new insights to their fields.

Minister Duncan made the announcement at This link will take you to another Web site McMaster University, which is receiving $17.8 million for researchers working in fields ranging from physics and civil engineering to neuroscience and molecular medicine.

This investment is part of This link will take you to another Web site Canada’s Science Vision, and the Government of Canada’s commitment of more than $10 billion to science, which includes the largest-ever increase in funding for fundamental research.

Quotes

“The funding announced today demonstrates our strong and enduring commitment to science and researchers. Since taking office, our government has worked hard to bring science and research back to their rightful place and this historic investment in the discoveries of tomorrow is just one example of how we are achieving this goal.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport

“NSERC’s Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships provide a firm foundation for the research programs of thousands of exceptional researchers at every stage in their career. These students, postdoctoral fellows and professors make up the backbone of Canada’s science and engineering research enterprise. ”
– Dr. Digvir Jayas, Interim President of NSERC

“These awards are at the very core of our research enterprise. They afford our faculty the opportunity to pursue long-term projects and breakthrough discoveries, while training teams of students along the way. Congratulations to all of McMaster’s Discovery Grant recipients.”
– Dr. Patrick Deane, President, McMaster University

Quick facts

  • The investment announced today includes $426 million in Discovery Grants going to more than 2,295 researchers across the full range of science and engineering disciplines, from biology and chemistry to advanced materials engineering and astrophysics.
  • $6.2 million in Discovery Launch Supplements will be going to 499 early-career researchers in the first year of their Discovery Grants to help them launch their careers.
  • $83 million in Scholarship and Fellowships to support nearly 1,700 graduate students and fellows in the early stages of their careers.
  • The Government of Canada recently launched  Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada. This new pilot program, which is inspired by the United Kingdom’s internationally-recognized  Athena SWAN program, will address systemic barriers in research, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.

Contacts

Daniele Medlej
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science and Sport
343-291-4204
daniele.medlej@canada.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Valérie Levert-Gagnon
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
613-996-2341
media@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

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High Level wildfire evacuees arrive in NWT’s South Slave – Cabin Radio

May 21, 2019 –

Families seeking refuge from a wildfire threatening the northern Alberta town of High Level have begun arriving in Hay River and nearby NWT communities.

An evacuation order was issued at 4pm on Monday as a growing wildfire came within a few kilometres of High Level, which has 3,000 residents.

By Tuesday morning, the South Slave’s Kátł’odeeche First Nation said some evacuees had reached the community and more were expected.

“There was a family that came yesterday [and there were] supposed to be more families arriving last night,” Chief April Martel told Cabin Radio.

Read More: https://cabinradio.ca/16101/news/south-slave/high-level-wildfire-evacuees-arrive-in-nwts-south-slave/

Here Are the Winners of the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards – Exclaim.ca

On Friday (May 17), the Indigenous Music Awards were presented to artists at Winnipeg’s Club Regent Event Centre in a ceremony that coincided with the Manito Ahbee Festival.

Awards were handed out in 21 categories, celebrating music that was created by First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples on Turtle Island.

“It’s really an amazing time to see the community support our artists and to help raise up the Indigenous music industry in this country through the backing of the Indigenous Music Awards,” IMA manager Jacquie Black said in a statement.

Read More: http://exclaim.ca/music/article/here_are_the_winners_of_the_2019_indigenous_music_awards

Canada Invests in Indigenous Participation in the Forest Sector

From: Natural Resources Canada

May 21, 2019—Edmonton, Alberta—Natural Resources Canada

Indigenous communities have the innovation and drive to unlock new jobs in the forestry sector while protecting the environment. That is why Canada is investing in projects to equip Indigenous communities with the tools to build businesses while helping to tackle climate change and mitigate its impacts on the forest sector.

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced investments of more than $2.1 million in three forestry projects in Alberta.

These investments are:

  • $1.5 million for Kapawe’no First Nation in Narrows Point near Grouard to design and install a renewable and eco-friendly heating system that will help to reduce the community’s reliance on diesel, cut energy costs and generate jobs for the surrounding communities. The project is funded through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program, facilitating economic development opportunities to reduce the reliance on diesel fuel for heat.
  • $500,000 to The Rockies Institute in Canmore, allowing it to collaborate with Indigenous communities to bring together the best available Indigenous and scientific knowledge on fire management. The project will inform innovative practices for local, regional and provincial climate change adaptation. The project is funded through the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise program, which works with provinces to support private sector and non-government organizations in applying climate change considerations to decision-making and implementing adaptation actions.
  • $110,000 for Nu Ch’anie Society in Cold Lake to pursue business development activities in various emerging market opportunities in the forest sector with the goal of creating revenue and employment. The project is funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative, which supports Indigenous-led economic development opportunities in the forest sector.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with industry and the provinces and territories to strengthen the long-term competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources sectors through investments in world-class science and innovation while expanding markets for Canadian products.

The global shift toward a cleaner, greener economy is the opportunity of a lifetime. From May 27 to 29, 2019, Canada will welcome over 25 countries to this year’s Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Ministerial to discuss a future that is cleaner, brighter and more prosperous for generations to come. Canada will showcase its leadership in cleantech innovation, champion the issue of gender equality, youth and Indigenous peoples in clean energy and promote Canada as an investment destination. Learn more at: http://cem-mi-vancouver2019.ca/.

Quotes

“These important projects will help bring together the tools and knowledge necessary for communities to capture opportunities presented by our forest sector while making it more resilient to a changing climate. They are great examples of how we are working with Indigenous partners to create good jobs while providing greener solutions that will directly benefit Canadians.”

Amarjeet Sohi
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

“Kapawe’no First Nation is fortunate, and as Caretakers of the Earth we are happy knowing that this benefit we receive and the effort we commit will help educate and provide sustainable clean energy for years to come.”

Chief Frank Halcrow
Kapawe’no First Nation

“Wildfire knows no boundaries. Managing it in the context of climate change will require effective cooperation of people, agencies and organizations — across jurisdictions and across cultures.The Fire with Fire project supported by NRCan is an innovative approach to building connections and to developing our resilience to climate change. By braiding Indigenous and scientific knowledge of fire management, we will mobilize the best available knowledge of fire management to inform innovative practices for local, regional and provincial climate change resilience.”

Laura Lynes, Co-Founder and President
The Rockies Institute

“Programs such as the Indigenous Forestry Initiative are incredibly important to our society and our membership at Cold Lake First Nations; they provide much needed capacity funding to help us explore business development opportunities aimed to increase the overall economic health of our community.”

Gail Muskego, Counsellor
Nu Ch’anie Society

Associated links

Contacts

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
343-292-6100
NRCan.media_relations-media_relations.RNCan@canada.ca

Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
343-543-7645
Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca

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Government of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Saskatchewan

From: Department of Justice Canada

May 21, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process introduced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

The Honourable Jeffery Kalmakoff, a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, is appointed a Judge of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan, and a Judge ex officio of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan. Mr. Justice Kalmakoff would replace Mr. Justice P.A. Whitmore, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 8, 2019.

The Honourable Natasha Crooks, a Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, is appointed a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan. Madam Justice Crooks would replace Madam Justice C.L. Dawson (Regina), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective November 1, 2018. Madam Justice Crooks is located in Saskatoon as the Chief Justice has transferred Mr. Justice D. Tochor (Saskatoon) into Justice Dawson’s vacancy.

Neil Robertson, a sole practitioner in Regina, is appointed a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan. Mr. Justice Robertson would replace Mr. Justice B.A. Barrington-Foote (Regina), who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on November 1, 2018.

Beverly L. Klatt, Senior Crown Prosecutor at the Saskatchewan Department of Justice, is appointed a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan. Madam Justice Klatt would replace Mr. Justice Jeffery Kalmakoff (Regina), who was elevated to the Court of Appeal effective May 17, 2019.

Biographies

Justice Kalmakoff was born in Saskatoon and grew up on a farm near Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. He obtained an LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 1993.

Justice Kalmakoff articled with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, then worked for a brief period in private practice with Hnatyshyn Singer in Saskatoon. In September of 1994, he was hired as a Crown Prosecutor by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, and held that position until October of 2009, when he was appointed as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan.

During his time as a Crown Prosecutor, Justice Kalmakoff did primarily trial work. He also served as President of the Saskatchewan Crown Attorneys’ Association from 2003 to 2005, and was a regular lecturer at RCMP Depot, speaking to recruits about the Young Offenders Act and Youth Criminal Justice Act. From 1995 until 2009, he gave regular presentations on sexual assault law to volunteers at the Regina Women’s Centre Sexual Assault Line.

As a Provincial Court Judge, Justice Kalmakoff served in Estevan from 2009 to 2011, and in Regina from 2011 until May of 2015, when he was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench. He has served as a General Division Judge, based in Regina, since that time.

Justice Kalmakoff has been active in continuing judicial education, serving as chair of the education committees for both the Saskatchewan Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench during his tenure.

Justice Kalmakoff and his wife, Melanie, have been married for nearly 25 years. They have three children: Samuel (21), Sarah (19), and Natasha (16).

Justice Crooks was appointed to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in March 2018. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Regina in 1999 and a Juris Doctor (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. She articled at the Department of Justice Canada and began her law career there with a general civil litigation practice.

Justice Crooks was appointed to the Parole Board of Canada in 2013 and served as a Board Member until her appointment as a Provincial Court Judge. During that time, she was a member of the Parole Board of Canada’s Executive Committee and Chairperson of the Indigenous Circle, a national committee of the Parole Board of Canada that provides advice on issues that impact Indigenous offenders, victims and communities.

Justice Crooks is Métis and was born and raised in southern Saskatchewan.

A graduate of the University of Regina and Osgoode Hall Law School, Justice Robertson articled with Leslie Shaw and was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1984.

At the time of his appointment, Justice Robertson had a private practice in municipal law and as an arbitrator. He also served as an Inquest Coroner and Chair of the Saskatchewan Police Commission. He previously practiced with Robb & Dowling and as counsel to the Regina Police Service and City of Regina, appearing before all levels of courts. He received the Queen’s Counsel designation in 2003 and the Fellows designation from the International Municipal Law Association in 2005.

Justice Robertson has been active throughout his career with professional associations, including as a past president of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and with community groups. His community service was recognized by the award of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal in 2016.

Justice Robertson has been married for 32 years to Madeleine Robertson, Q.C. with whom he has a son and daughter.

Justice Klatt was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Sociology and Political Science, and, in 1986, obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Justice Klatt articled and spent the first few years in private practice. In 1991, she was offered a position with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General as a front-line trial prosecutor in both rural areas and in Regina. In 2003, she accepted a position with Public Prosecutions (Head Office) as an appellate counsel and, in 2010, became Senior Appellate Counsel, arguing cases in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Klatt was Saskatchewan’s representative from Prosecutions in the Federal/Provincial/Territorial forum of criminal law policy, working on criminal law reforms that included self-defence, disclosure, bail and criminal procedure.

Justice Klatt was an executive member with the Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) for many years, lectured and presented at various continuing legal education seminars and conferences and was actively involved in junior mentorship conferences within Public Prosecutions. For the past three years, she was a presenter at the CPLED seminar on Criminal Law.

During her career, Justice Klatt has had the opportunity to sit on various boards and committees as a way of serving the community. She has been an active volunteer in those endeavors.

Justice Klatt lives in Regina with her spouse and their two children.

Quick facts

  • At the Superior Court level, more than 300 judges have been appointed since November 2015. These exceptional jurists represent the diversity that strengthens Canada. Of these judges, more than half are women, and appointments reflect an increased representation of visible minorities, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S and those who self-identify as having a disability.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 will provide funding of $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts, beginning in 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • In addition, Budget 2018 provided funding for a further seven judicial positions in Saskatchewan and Ontario, at a cost of $17.1 million over five years.
  • The funding outlined in Budget 2018 comes on top of resources allocated under Budget 2017, which created 28 new judicial positions across the country.
  • In addition, the Government will invest $6 million over two years, beginning in 2018-2019, to support the judicial discipline process through which allegations of judicial misconduct are investigated. In this way, the Government will ensure that a robust process remains in place to allow Canadians to voice their concerns and submit complaints about judicial conduct to the Canadian Judicial Council and the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs.
  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.
  • The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.
  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016. Sixteen Judicial Advisory Committees have been reconstituted to date.

Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice
613-992-6568
rachel.rappaport@justice.gc.ca

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada
613-957-4207
media@justice.gc.ca

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Northern Health part of push for fresh, local hospital food – Prince George Citizen

May 20, 2019

Wild salmon with lemon dill sauce, blueberry soup and bone broth may be high-end restaurant meals but they’re also on the menu at some Canadian hospitals aiming to meet recovering patients’ nutritional and cultural needs.

The recipes are among dozens that have been developed by 26 people, including food-service managers, chefs and dieticians who were offered two-year fellowships at hospitals from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador as part of a campaign called Nourish Health.

Its goal is to help create institutional policies through nourishing meals made from locally bought ingredients for patients who may have been accustomed to powdered mashed potatoes as a mainstay of “hospital food.”

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