Canada’s Cops Were Ready to Shoot Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Activists

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RCMP officers were instructed to use as much violence as they wanted at the blockade of the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline. Kanahus Manuel, an indigenous activist in British Columbia, said it’s part of Canada’s long colonial legacy. Director/Video Editor: Taylor Hebden Audio Engineer: Adam Coley Chase Producer: Genevieve Montinar

UVIC: Investment policy targets climate change

The University of Victoria has adopted a responsible investment policy that targets the worst producers of greenhouse gases across all sectors, increases investments in clean technology and encourages low-carbon practices for a sustainable future.

The Board of Governors approved the policy for the university’s $225-million short-term investments fund at its Jan. 28 meeting after months of extensive research, analysis, education sessions with external experts, and consultation with student groups, faculty members and others.

“Climate change is the key global issue of our time and we have made a response to the climate crisis a central element in the stewardship of UVic’s financial assets,” says UVic President Jamie Cassels. “Through our research, academic programs, and sustainable campus operations, the university is dedicated to being a global leader in sustainability. This policy is one more way we can work together to have a measurable, effective impact.”

Cassels said the passionate commitment, research and perspective shared by students and faculty in pressing the university to address climate change through its investments played an important role in the board’s deliberations.

The Responsible Investment Policy will lower the carbon emissions also known as greenhouse gases across the entire portfolio by 45 per cent by 2030 in alignment with the targets set by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Paris Climate Agreement to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5 C.

The policy will result in the university divesting from high-carbon emitting companies regardless of their industry sector, including the fossil fuel industry. The policy’s reach across all sectors of the economy and the investment in renewable energy and other clean technology is a holistic, and comprehensive approach that also encourages low-carbon practices as society transitions to a greener economy.

“While the 45 per cent reduction is an ambitious goal that will challenge the university, as this is a new and developing area, we believe it was an important goal to set,” says Gayle Gorrill, vice-president of finance and operations.

Noting that data from the US indicates that 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from the consumption of fossil fuels and 20 per cent from the production of fossil fuels, Gorrill says UVic’s approach affects the demand side of climate change and the release of greenhouse gases by many different types of activities including consumer behaviour, deforestation and industrialization.

In addition to materially lowering carbon emissions, the policy will allocate a portion of the funds to themed impact investments that align with the university’s Strategic Framework and further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Impact investments seek to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact along with financial return.

Investment opportunities would include Indigenous economic development, Passive House construction (the most rigorous global building standard for sustainability and energy efficiency), impact GICs and green bonds.

Other elements of the policy include: becoming a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment; participating in activities to encourage carbon emission reductions; evaluating the portfolio for physical, liability and transition risks associated with climate change; and encouraging better disclosure by our investment managers of carbon emissions and climate-related risks.

This policy aligns the university’s investment management with its interests and values while also ensuring that cash is available to fund campus operations and to earn an appropriate risk-adjusted return.

These investments do not include long-term endowment funds managed by a separate legal entity, the University of Victoria Foundation, which itself has taken many steps to establish and update its investment policy and transparency around investment decisions. The foundation will review the university’s renewed policy as it continues to evolve its approach on responsible investment.

To view a FAQ on the policy.

To view the policy as presented to the Board of Governors.

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Report of the Review Panel, Canadian National Railway Company Milton Logistics Hub Project

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Federal funding agreement termination for Exshaw School: Ministers LaGrange, Wilson

Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson issued the following statement on federal funding for Exshaw School:

“We are extremely concerned by the federal government’s recent decision to terminate the funding agreement for First Nations students attending Exshaw School without a plan to work with these students, their families, or the Canadian Rockies School Division. This short-sighted decision has forced Canadian Rockies School Division to vote in favour of repurposing the school.

“Exshaw School has been supported by federal funding since 1973. Roughly 99 per cent of the students attending the school are from Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

“In December, we wrote to Marc Miller, federal Minister of Indigenous Services, expressing our concern about the decision and urged him to reconsider this funding decision. To date, our requests have gone unanswered.

“This decision by the federal government is not an effective or appropriate way to support the education needs of First Nations students. It will eliminate this important educational choice for a significant number of First Nations families, which may in turn have a detrimental impact on the students attending the school.

“The federal government must step up and support Exshaw School. We urge Minister Miller to provide adequate funding, and to immediately begin working with the Canadian Rockies School Division and the Stoney Education Authority – as well as affected parents and families – to ensure Exshaw School can remain open and continue to provide high-quality education to First Nations students.”

Media inquiries

Colin Aitchison
Press Secretary, Education
Ted Bauer
Press Secretary, Indigenous Relations


Couple’s bid to get back infant son apprehended after birth alert has been delayed – APTN News

January 28, 2020

A couple hoping a week-long trial would end their bitter battle with a Manitoba child welfare agency that apprehended their newborn son from hospital will have to wait until March 6 after a judge delayed the trial so the father could get a legal aid lawyer.

The couple, who can’t be named because the child is in the child welfare system, believes the system is unfairly rigged to force parents to comply with demands by an agency – like supervised visits with their child– who they believe should never have been apprehended.

The boy was taken at birth because his mother was convicted of failing to protect her infant daughter six years ago from injury.

She was at the time, trapped in an abusive relationship herself.

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Jumbo failure highlights ski resort developers’ uphill fight – Business in Vancouver

January 28, 2020

Glacier Resorts Ltd.’s decision to end 30 years of working to create a year-round ski resort in B.C.’s Kootenays region offers a cautionary tale for aspiring resort developers in Valemount and near Squamish.

Glacier has agreed to an undisclosed payout to sell its ownership and development rights in its Jumbo Glacier Resort project, while clearing the way for resort opponent Ktunaxa Nation to use up to $16 million in federal funds, and about $5 million in other money, to create a protected Indigenous conservation area. Some of that money might flow to Glacier as part of the deal.

Glacier’s executives now join their counterparts in other development groups that long touted projects, such as Canoe Mountain in the Rockies and Cayoosh Mountain between Whistler and Lillooet, only to fold their tents.

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Permit advances geothermal clean-energy project in Fort Nelson

Jan. 28, 2020

FORT NELSON – The Province has awarded a permit to the Fort Nelson First Nation to advance a geothermal energy project with the potential to produce clean, renewable electricity for people in the Fort Nelson area.

“Fort Nelson is not connected to B.C.’s electricity grid, so geothermal energy could replace power currently generated from fossil fuels or imported from Alberta,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “This permit gives the Fort Nelson First Nation the certainty it needs to attract investment and move forward with developing a geothermal energy project that will reduce climate pollution while creating new jobs and opportunities.”

The permit grants geothermal resource rights (tenure) to Deh Tai GP Inc., a development company of the Fort Nelson First Nation. The rights will be for 25 parcels of land, totalling about 6,800 hectares, in the mature Clarke Lake gas field near the community of Fort Nelson in the northeast corner of the province. With tenure secured, Deh Tai can apply to the BC Oil and Gas Commission for well authorizations to conduct exploratory drilling to assess geothermal potential.

Under CleanBC, the Province is working in collaboration with Indigenous peoples to seize new clean energy and economic development opportunities.

“With the Clark Lake Geothermal Project, Fort Nelson First Nation is proudly demonstrating Indigenous leadership that will help pave the way for Western Canada’s transition toward a cleaner and more energy secure future,” said Chief Sharleen Gale, Fort Nelson First Nation. “We look forward to continuing to work with our federal and provincial partners to make this project a model success that benefits our community members and the surrounding territory.”

The Province and BC Hydro are encouraged by the potential of geothermal to add to British Columbia’s mix of energy resources, particularly in remote areas of northeast B.C. where past exploration activities have reduced the risks and costs associated with drilling and gathering critical temperature and reservoir data required to advance geothermal projects. Unlike wind, solar and run-of-river projects, which are intermittent, geothermal is a firm, reliable source of generation providing electrical capacity whenever it is needed.

CleanBC is a pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. CleanBC was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets.

Quick Facts:

  • In Budget 2019, the Province provided $5 million to Geoscience BC to launch several new projects, including a regional assessment of the geothermal energy potential in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt.
  • The Fort Nelson First Nation received $1 million from Natural Resources Canada in August 2019 for the assessment of geothermal energy at Clarke Lake.

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Archives of Manitoba Launches `Your Archives: The Histories We Share’

Manitobans Invited to Participate in Exhibit at Archives

Manitobans are invited to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province by helping shape a unique history exhibit, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox announced today.

“I encourage everyone to participate in Your Archives:  The Histories We Share so a wide range of voices and views are represented, reflecting the diverse cultures, communities and perspectives of our many histories,” said Cox.  “This is one way we can showcase our stories with a unique history project curated by Manitobans, for Manitobans.”

Your Archives:  The Histories We Share offers Manitobans the opportunity to choose an archival record held at the Archives of Manitoba and explain why that record matters.  Exhibits will be built both online and at the York Avenue archives building to display the records that are chosen by the public.  The exhibit will grow throughout 2020 and will be supported by additional public events.

“We are excited to give this opportunity to Manitobans and to see our 2020 exhibit expand over the course of the year,” Cox said.  “These archives belong to all Manitobans and we hope that throughout the year, people will help us will create an exhibit that highlights the breadth and depth of our archive collection.”

The public can participate by visiting the Archives online at or at the Archives of Manitoba at 200 Vaughan St. (  They can also follow the archives on Twitter @MBGovArchives or email

“Our province is a diverse place and we hope that Manitobans far and wide will participate in Your Archives: The Histories We Share,” said Stuart Murray and Monique LaCoste, co-chairs of the Manitoba 150 Host Committee.  “On the occasion of our province’s 150th anniversary, this is a fantastic opportunity for Manitobans to explore our rich history and share it with future generations.  We hope people across the province will take advantage of adding their voice to the collective history we all share.”

The holdings of the Archives of Manitoba are a rich resource for the study of the history of Manitoba and its people, as well as the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), the minister said.  The Archives of Manitoba acquires textual records, still images, sound and moving images, documentary art, cartographic records and architectural records from the government of Manitoba, private individuals and organizations, and from the Hudson’s Bay Company.  The Hudson’s Bay Company Archives records spanning 1670 to 1920 are listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Additional Archives of Manitoba events include:
•    an evening of Films from the Archives at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
•    Saturdays at the Archives, when the research room will be open the last Saturday of each month, and;
•    Indigenous Afternoons in the Archives, with local academics and researchers available to provide additional assistance two Wednesday afternoons each month.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


Carleton University Counsellor to Receive 2020 Indigenous Practice Award

The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives and Health and Counselling Services at Carleton University are proud to announce that Staci Loiselle, Indigenous cultural counselor, will receive the 2020 Indigenous Practice Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Loiselle is Mohawk from the community of Kahnawake. She is Turtle Clan. The award honours excellence in advancing culturally congruent counseling and psychotherapy services for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

“Having Staci join our team at the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives has been a gift,” said Benny Michaud, assistant director, Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities. “In a short period of time, she has gained the trust and respect of our students and provided culturally appropriate care and guidance. Her kind and gentle approach is deeply appreciated by students and meets an important campus need.”

Loiselle joined the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives in September 2019. She graduated with her Master’s in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa in 2015 and worked at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa for four years as their youth clinical therapist prior to coming to Carleton.

“I started to explore more about my heritage in my late teens,” said Loiselle. “I learned that all the messages I had heard as a kid about Indigenous people were wrong. Indigenous people are strong and resilient, they have overcome systems which were designed to erase them. I knew I carried this strength in me and that made me proud and confident. I wanted to help others feel the same. The work I do is important because Indigenous students are important and I try every day to make sure they know that.”

Loiselle will accept the award in May 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s annual conference.

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718


Eliza Building in Dawson expands territory’s affordable housing

Published 28/01/2020

Dawson City’s new Eliza Building is expanding affordable housing options in the territory.

The Chief Isaac Group of Companies recently completed a 14-unit structure in Dawson City, named the Eliza Building. This project was built with support from the Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The building includes a mix of bachelor, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, as well as one commercial space. Nine of the 13 residential units will be maintained as affordable housing for the next 10 years.

The Eliza Building was designed and constructed by Yukon firms. The building received occupancy in late November 2019 and tenants have moved in. The property is managed by Chief Isaac Group of Companies.

We are proud to support local development that will help address the need for affordable housing in Dawson City. This is an example of the effective use of Yukon Housing Corporation’s Municipal Match Rental Construction Grant Program to help make this project a reality.

Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost

Our Government is investing in housing to create good jobs, stimulate the local economy and ultimately build safe and affordable homes for individuals and families who need it most. With 13 residential units and one commercial space, the Eliza Building adds much needed housing capacity in Dawson. I look forward to working with partners here and across Yukon to continue building safe and affordable homes.

Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell

Our rural community is growing, something that bucks the national trend of smaller Canadian communities emptying out as people move to larger urban centres. Over the past several years, our downtown has seen the construction of three multi-family residential units, offering stable, quality homes for individuals and families wanting to make Dawson home and proving that there is still more life yet in our historic community. The City of Dawson is proud to support Chief Isaac Incorporated with our Development Incentive Program. Their efforts will have a positive impact on our community and help alleviate Dawson’s housing shortage.

City of Dawson Mayor, Wayne Potoroka

Welcome to Chief Isaac’s new apartment complex in Dawson City!

The Eliza Building houses six bachelor suites, three one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units that will offer some relief to Dawson’s housing crunch.

We celebrated the opening on November 28th, 2019 with the community. Eliza’s grandson Gerald Isaac spoke in Hän, Eliza’s mother tongue, to an audience of 50-plus people. Wife of Chief Isaac, Eliza was a strong, resourceful woman who will be commemorated with this namesake. Gerald said it was appropriate to name this apartment dwelling after her as she wanted everyone to “have a nice warm place to call home!”

Chief Isaac Group of Companies, Heidi A. E. Bleidung

Quick facts

  • This project received $234,000 in funding through the Yukon Housing Corporation’s Municipal Matching Rental Construction Grant and $450,000 through the Affordable Rental Housing Program, which is funded through the Canada-Yukon Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • The project also received a City of Dawson development incentive.
  • Kobayashi & Zedda Architects Ltd. designed and managed the project. TSL Contracting constructed the Eliza Building.
  • The residential units include six bachelor suites, three 1-bedroom units and four 2-bedroom apartments. There is one commercial space in the building.


Stewart Burnett
Cabinet Communications

Sarah Murray
Communications, Yukon Housing Corporation

Margaret Dumkee
Managing Director, Chief Isaac Group of Companies
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Government continues to fund and support BC Bus North

Jan. 28, 2020

PRINCE GEORGE – People who live and work in the North will be able to continue to rely on inter-city bus services, with funding provided by the Province and Government of Canada, through to March 31, 2021.

The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification, is contributing 50% of the costs to continue northern inter-city service until March 31, 2021. The Province will cover the other half of this funding. Each are contributing approximately $1 million for BC Bus North operating costs over the next 14 months.

“Our government is delighted to partner with British Columbia to address gaps in inter-city bus services,” said Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport. “We know how important it is for Indigenous communities and Canadians living in rural areas to have access to affordable transportation services, whether to visit family members or to attend a medical appointment.”

One of the conditions for federal funding was that a competitive process be conducted to choose an operator. Diversified Transportation, the current operator of BC Bus North, was the successful proponent following a procurement process for BC Bus North’s current routes. Diversified will provide service until the contract expires in March 2021.

“Bus service is more than a transportation link – for many people in northern B.C., it’s a lifeline,” said Mélanie Joly, federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages. “From seniors heading to medical appointments to young people who work in neighbouring towns, we know just how important this service is for so many. Our federal-provincial partnership will ensure that residents, visitors and businesses continue to have safe and affordable transportation options.”

BC Bus North fares will move toward the industry standard of aligning fares with distance. The outcome is that some fares will increase, though new routes have been created with lower fares. Fare updates will be made available on the BC Bus North website on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

“When Greyhound stopped its service in the North, we didn’t want to leave people without a reliable and affordable transportation option,” said Claire Trevena, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “That’s why we started BC Bus North and why we’re now partnering with the federal government to continue to fund B.C.’s northern inter-city bus service through March 2021.”

The Province will continue to closely monitor the BC Bus North service to better understand the demand for inter-city transportation. A BC Bus North travellers’ survey will be conducted in the spring.

Quick Facts:

  • BC Bus North offers four routes, between Prince George and Prince Rupert, Valemount and Prince George, Prince George and Fort St. John, and Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson.
  • BC Bus North covers nearly 7,000 kilometres every week, or about 28,000 kilometres per month.
  • BC Bus North has provided rides for almost 9,000 people since the service was launched in 2018.

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For more information on BC Bus North, including schedules and fares, visit:


Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Media Relations
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University College of the North Receives Manitoba Government Mandate Letter

January 27, 2020

(The Pas, MB) – Manitoba government issued new mandate letters for post‐secondary schools, including University College of the North.

The letter outlines six main areas which include supporting student success, partnerships with industry, work‐integrated learning, international education, and stewardship of public funds. The full letter can be found here:

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.


CONTACT: Monte Koshel

UCN Director of Communications / 204.627.8244


University dedicates Carolla (Napiakii) Calf Robe Elders and Ceremony Room – U News

The University of Lethbridge has renamed its Elders Room, dedicating the space as the Carolla Calf Robe Elders and Ceremony Room at a ceremonial event in University Hall.

Carolla (Napiakii) Calf Robe was an Elder in Residence at the University for 11 years until her untimely passing in May 2019. As an Iniskim Elder, Calf Robe would spend time on campus offering support and guidance to the campus community.

“Carolla Calf Robe was a beloved and cherished Elder who selflessly served the University of Lethbridge community, coming in twice a month, September through April, each year,” says Andrea Amelinckx, Chair of the Dhillon School of Business – Indigenous Governance & Business Management Program. “She also welcomed U of L community outreach when she was not on campus, always ready to provide support and traditional counsel to those in need.”

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Nurse was ‘shocked’ by Cynthia Blackjack’s deteriorating condition, inquest hears – CBC

Carmacks health centre staff initially determined Blackjack’s case was serious but not urgent, inquest hears

Jan 28, 2020

Former Carmacks health centre nurse Matt Lewis testified Monday he was “shocked” by the overnight deterioration of Cynthia Blackjack’s condition shortly before she died.

Blackjack, 29, died aboard a medevac flight bound for Whitehorse in 2013. A coroner’s inquest is probing the circumstances of her death, including whether systemic racism played a role.

Lewis told the jury Monday he treated Blackjack on Nov. 6, 2013. She arrived at the Carmacks health centre reporting serious abdominal pain. She was given morphine, an IV and an antacid.

Lewis said he considered her condition serious, but said she did not appear to need emergency care.

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Hearings begin to determine detailed route of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

January 28, 2020 – Canada Energy Regulator

First hearings to be held since regulatory processes resumed in July 2019

Beginning today, the Commission of the Canada Energy Regulator (Commission) will hold detailed route hearings for landowners along the path of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. These hearings are the first since regulatory processes on the Project resumed in July of 2019.

Detailed route hearings are required where an objection to the detailed route exists, and allow the Commission to decide on whether the exact location of the pipeline is the best possible, and to confirm the most appropriate methods and timing of construction. Landowners whose lands are proposed to be crossed by the pipeline, as well as Indigenous groups and other persons whose lands may be adversely affected were able to object to the detailed route proposed by Trans Mountain.

The Commission granted detailed route hearings where material changes in circumstances were identified since 2018, or where hearings had been granted but not completed prior to the Court decision stopping the Project in 2018.

The 1,147 km pipeline project, including its approximately 150 metre-wide pipeline corridor, was re-approved by the Government of Canada in June 2019. Currently, 68 per cent of the pipeline’s detailed route has been approved. Announcements of further detailed route hearings for the pipeline stretching southwest past Kamloops and into B.C.’s Lower Mainland region are expected shortly.

Construction is permitted in areas where applicable conditions have been satisfied and the detailed route of the pipeline has been approved. Pipeline construction is currently underway along Alberta portions, as well as at the Edmonton and Burnaby Terminals, and the Westridge Marine Terminal.

Project Timeline:

  • Trans Mountain applied for regulatory approval of the project in December 2013.
  • A hearing order for the project was released in April 2014, and the hearing concluded in February 2016.
  • In May 2016, a Recommendation Report for the project was released, recommending the Project be approved subject to 157 conditions.
  • The Government of Canada approved the project in November 2016.
  • From December 2016 until the Federal Court of Appeal decision in August 2018, 64 of 98 pre-construction conditions were fully satisfied. This permitted Trans Mountain to commence construction at the Westridge Marine Terminal, certain temporary infrastructure sites, and portions of the pipeline route, where the detailed route had been approved.
  • On August 30, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal decision set aside the Order in Council that approved the project.
  • On September 20, 2018, the Government of Canada directed the national regulator to reconsider its recommendations as they related to project-related marine shipping.
  • On February 22, 2019, the Reconsideration Report was released, confirming the recommendation that certificates should be issued for the project. This included amending six conditions, and converting one condition into one of 16 recommendations to mitigate impacts from project-related marine shipping.
  • On June 18, 2019, the Government of Canada approved the project, subject to 156 conditions.

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James Stevenson
Communications Officer
Canada Energy Regulator
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Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
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Cambrian College and Algoma University Sign Five New Credit Transfer Agreements

SUDBURY ( January 27, 2020 )- The pathway to higher education is becoming easier for students in Northern Ontario seeking to enhance their college education with a university degree.

Cambrian College in Sudbury and Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie have signed five new transfer credit agreements allowing Cambrian graduates to complete a university degree sooner.

“The opportunity these pathway programs provide for students is exceptional,” said Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor, Algoma University. “Providing more options for post-secondary education is critical, especially in Northern Ontario, and I am so proud to be part of this initiative. It is essential that Algoma University and Cambrian College be leaders in our region; focusing on student success and continued economic and social development.”

The five pathway agreements will apply to any Cambrian student who has graduated from any of the respective programs dating back to 2017.

“This is a historic day, for both schools and especially for students in the region,” says Cambrian President Bill Best. “These agreements strengthen the partnership between our two institutions, and it’s the students who benefit by having more options to stay in the north to pursue a university education. These agreements are the ideal combination of higher education, and make students that much more valuable to employers.”

The new articulation agreements struck between Algoma University and Cambrian College support the following pathways:

Graduates of Cambrian’s 2-year Business and Business-Accounting programs can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Algoma in 2 years.

Graduates of Cambrian’s 2-year Police Foundations program can earn a Bachelor of Arts – Law and Justice in 2 years.

Graduates of Cambrian’s 2-year Computer Systems Technician program can earn a Bachelor of Computer Science after completing 2 years and a bridge of 3 courses (9 credits).

Graduates of Cambrian’s Social Service Worker – Indigenous Specialization can transfer 54 credits on their way to a Bachelor of Social Work (requiring just over 2 years of additional studies).

Graduates of Cambrian’s Social Service Worker program can transfer 45 credits toward a Bachelor of Social Work (requiring an additional 2-3 years of study).

“It is very exciting that there are more articulation agreements between Cambrian and other universities in Northern Ontario,” adds Jenna Tanti, a second-year student in Cambrian’s Business Program, who will be graduating this spring. “This means I have the option to finish my education close to home and create more opportunities for myself within Northern Ontario.”

The new agreements also include a joint international student acceptance provision.

International students accepted into the Cambrian programs will automatically be accepted into the corresponding Algoma program upon graduation, provided they meet established criteria. The acceptance provisions help ensure a seamless transition between the two institutions through clearly defined pathways and processes. A joint admissions provision already exists for domestic students.

With the signing of the five new agreements, Cambrian College and Algoma University have more than 25 transfer agreements in place. This will provide students with more pathways to continue post-secondary education in northeastern Ontario.

Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with approximately 5000 full- and part-time students in more than 80 programs. Located in the historic, former Shingwauk Indigenous Residential School, Algoma University offers 30 programs through three Faculties (Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities).

Picture- Signing Ceremony: Cambrian College and Algoma University have signed five new transfer agreements, making it easier for Cambrian graduates to earn a degree from Algoma. Pictured at the signing ceremony are (left to right): Jenna Tanti, Business student at Cambrian College; Bill Best, Cambrian President, and Dr. Donna Rogers, Algoma’s Provost and Academic Dean.


MKO Chiefs Call on Province of Manitoba to Address Broken Justice System in Northern Manitoba

Jan 27, 2020

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB –Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is deeply concerned about justice issues and the Constitutional rights of First Nations people involved in the system in Northern Manitoba.

Recent stories shared by the Winnipeg Free Press highlight the call from a Manitoba judge for an independent review of the province’s justice system, after a legal challenge exposed a “dysfunctional” bail system and “long-standing and glaring systemic issues” in Northern courts.

“I commend Justice Chris Martin of the Court of Queen’s Bench in raising awareness that the Charter rights of two Northern Manitoban citizens were violated due to unacceptably long waits in jail before they were able to apply for bail,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “The problems in the justice system, particularly Northern courts, are wide ranging and it’s time for the province to take steps to address the failures of the justice system in Northern Manitoba.”

At an Assembly in November 2019, Northern Chiefs passed a resolution calling for the need for a remand centre in Thompson, Manitoba. When MKO citizens become involved with the criminal justice system, they are first transported to Thompson. While they are waiting for their case to be dealt with in the court system, MKO citizens are restrained as they are transported between Thompson and The Pas. This poses a safety concern. A remand centre in Thompson would eliminate this safety concern and would enable families, including children, to visit with their relatives while waiting for the courts to deal with their cases.

“It is important to note that the involvement of an MKO citizen in the criminal justice system affects the entire community. Therefore, I urge the province to work with MKO to implement a culturally responsive approach to address the diverse healing and justice needs in our First Nations,” said Grand Chief Settee. “There is a need to conduct a comprehensive review to overhaul restorative justice policies and programs in Northern Manitoba to ensure that it focuses on rehabilitation to prevent recidivism and decrease the incarceration rates of MKO citizens as well as reconciliation with victims and the community at large.”

Restorative justice programming would complement the need for a remand centre in Thompson by offering an alternative for less serious offences. Restorative justice can be defined as a community and victim-centered sentencing philosophy that emphasizes offender accountability and responsibility through negotiated restitution.


Renowned Michif Poet Gregory Scofield to Give VIU Gustafson Lecture and Reading

January 27, 2020

The events on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13 are free and open to the public.

Now, more than ever, people of all generations wonder: can we foster good relationships between people and the Earth, between ourselves? Gregory Scofield says that stories help build exactly that – miyo-wâhkôhtowin ­– good relations.

The internationally renowned, Victoria-based poet and storyteller has been teaching concepts and writing in Cree since the publication of his first book, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel (1993), which won the 1994 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Since then, Scofield has published seven more books of poetry, including Witness, I am. He has served as writer-in residence at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and most recently the Writers’ Trust of Canada awarded him the Latner Poetry Prize (2016), which is given to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work.

Scofield will be coming to Nanaimo, February 12 and 13, as Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2019-20. He is Michif of Cree, Scottish and European-Immigrant descent, and traces his ancestry to the Métis community of Kinosota, Manitoba, and to Bacon Ridge. He will discuss, through oral storytelling, the importance of Indigenous literature and storytelling, the ways in which knowledge is presented and accepted, and share how storytelling can be used to foster miyo- wâhkôhtowin– good relationships.

Scofield, thinking about the greed and carelessness that have motivated many relationships, writes that for him, wealth is about being blessed with family and community. He describes himself as “wealthy,” and credits his Aunty for having “wove[n] me back into wâhkôhtowin and the beautiful web we are all just trying to hold onto.”

“We are honoured and excited to have Gregory Scofield present the Gustafson lecture and reading at VIU this year,” says Laurie Meijer Drees, Professor in the Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies Department. “As a noteworthy Métis poet, he brings voice to the lives of Canada’s First Peoples and is remarkable for his work on the poetry of Louis Riel. Reading and listening to his work is like delving into an old family photo album while listening to a vinyl country music record: it’s heartwarming and a little sad all at once.”

As the 2019-20 Gustafson poet, Scofield will participate in three events, which include:

  • A free Public Reading, Wednesday, February 12, 7:30-8:30 pm, White Sails Brewing, 125 Comox Road, Nanaimo.
  • Reading and Q-and-A for students, Thursday, February 13, 10-11:30 am, Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place, Building 170, VIU’s Nanaimo campus.
  • The Distinguished Poet’s Lecture: Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, Thursday, February 13, 7 pm, Building 355, Room 203, VIU’s Nanaimo campus. Courtesy parking is available in Lot N below Building 355.

A selection of Scofield’s books, as well as chapbooks of previous Gustafson lectures, will be available at the catered reception following the Why Indigenous Literatures Matter lecture.

The VIU Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry was established in 1998 from the estate of the late Canadian poet and his wife, Betty. The 2019-20 lecture and other events are funded by the Ralph and Betty Gustafson Poetry Trust, the Canada Council for the Arts and VIU’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

For more information, contact Sonnet L’Abbé, Chair of the Gustafson Committee, at



Rachel Stern, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

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U of Lethbridge: Southern Alberta post-secondary institutions agree on principles to guide future collaboration

Lethbridge College, Medicine Hat College and the University of Lethbridge have formally committed to explore innovative ways to work together to improve the efficiency, quality and accessibility of southern Alberta’s post-secondary system.

The three institutions have agreed on eight Regional Collaboration Principles aimed at guiding future joint initiatives. The principles consider student needs (including a commitment to further improving learner pathways), regional economic goals, industry needs, Indigenous community priorities, southern Alberta communities’ needs and provincial government goals.

“Our institutions have a strong history of working together,” says Dr. Mike Mahon, University of Lethbridge president and vice-chancellor. “We are collectively committed to finding efficiencies that support and enhance the student experience and do so within the new fiscal reality facing our province.”

Using the principles, the three institutions will explore innovative and creative partnerships affecting administration, services and programs.

“Each of our institutions has distinct specializations and areas of expertise that can help us create a collaborative post-secondary ecosystem in southern Alberta that truly puts our students first,” says Dr. Paula Burns, Lethbridge College president and CEO. “This agreement formalizes the way our institutions have worked together, and we look forward to finding new ways build on this tradition of innovation and collaboration.”

Future collaboration will allow each institution to build on its unique strengths while also clearly identifying specific roles. Each institution will continue with its current mandate in the larger post-secondary system and actively work together to minimize duplication while maximizing areas of strength.

“Medicine Hat College believes in the strength of collaboration within the post-secondary system. Our goals are the same: provide education, experiences, and opportunities that prepare students for the future,” says Kevin Shufflebotham, Medicine Hat College president and CEO. “These principles will guide our collaborative initiatives and direct how we approach projects that meet our shared and individual institutional goals.”

Regional Collaboration Guiding Principles

As post-secondary institutions, we desire the following:

  • To create an ecosystem of post-secondary learning that supports Government of Alberta goals while operating as independent institutions
  • To increase participation and retention in post-secondary education through domestic and international recruitment strategies and student support services
  • To ensure success for learners through a seamless pathway between certificate, diploma and bachelor programs, as well as opportunities to progress to graduate studies
  • To enable access to work integrated learning opportunities across southern Alberta
  • To support regional economic development by aligning programming with the needs of industry
  • To support the health and vibrancy of our rural communities by working together to enhance access and develop programming relevant to the rural economy
  • To further develop partnerships with Indigenous communities that support regional reconciliation and Indigenous learner success
  • To find operational collaborative opportunities, spanning the full mandates of our institutions, to support our sustainability and protect jobs in the post-secondary sector


Economic success stories bust myths about mining and First Nations in B.C. – Business in Vancouver

January 28, 2020

When it comes to international capital markets and mineral exploration, British Columbia has a perception problem – that the province is a risky place to invest because 110% of its land base is claimed by First Nations.

That’s a perception Corinne McKay, secretary-treasurer of Nisga’a Lisims Government, said she encountered when she attended a mining symposium in London in 2018.

Responding to a question about unsettled land claims in B.C., McKay pointed out that when the Nisga’a signed a treaty nearly 20 years ago, her nation got 7% of its claimed territory as title land, not 100%.

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Peaceful protest in Sudbury in support of BC First Nation – CTV News

January 26, 2020

SUDBURY — About 100 people took to the streets in Sudbury Sunday in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.

They say they are standing in solidarity with the band in British Columbia opposing construction of a coastal Gaslink project.

Traffic was halted for short periods of time in the downtown core as supporters of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation held a rally.

“We have gathered here today like people are doing across Canada right now, we are standing with the Wet’suwet’en Nation,” says rally organizer Sara Mohan. “They are under threat by the colonial capitalist government who are invading their territory in order to build a 670 kilometre pipeline. The Hereditary Chiefs have spoken loud and clear: no pipeline, no pipeline on Wet’suwet’en land.”

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Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of Bell Let’s Talk Day! Get ready for the world’s biggest conversation about mental health and make every action count

  • Mental Health: Every Action Counts is the theme of this year’s campaign as we celebrate our first decade of Bell Let’s Talk Days
  • Talk, text and join in on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube to make your voice heard and help drive Bell’s donations to mental health
  • Learn more at

MONTRÉAL, Jan. 28, 2020 – Tomorrow is the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day and everyone is invited to celebrate by taking action to create positive change for Canadians living with mental illness. You can join in Bell Let’s Talk Day events and take action by talking, texting and getting engaged on social media to drive the conversation and Bell’s donations to mental health too.

“Bell Let’s Talk Day offers Canadians and people around the world the opportunity to join the discussion about how we can all grow awareness, acceptance and especially action in mental health,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “Over the last decade, we’ve all made a real and unprecedented difference in the lives of so many by putting a spotlight on mental illness, reducing the stigma while driving funding for mental health care, research and other programs. We have much further to go, but we can keep the positive momentum going by making the 10th anniversary Bell Let’s Talk Day our biggest conversation ever.”

This year’s Mental Health: Every Action Counts campaign focuses on the ways Canadians everywhere can take action in our daily lives to support better mental health in our communities. The national multimedia campaign also features the work of 8 outstanding Canadian organizations providing frontline access to mental health services throughout the country.

As part of the campaign, Bell Let’s Talk welcomes the ongoing support of The Friends of Bell Let’s Talk and other leaders who bravely share their personal stories about mental illness, including Bell Let’s Talk founding spokesperson Clara Hughes, Howie Mandel, Étienne Boulay, Marie-Soleil Dion, Michael Landsberg, Michel Mpambara, Stefie Shock and Mary Walsh, and community ambassadors including actress Véronique Bannon, retired CFL player Shea Emry, Royal Canadian Navy Veteran Bruno Guévremont, comedian Jessica Holmes, pro golfer Andrew Jensen and musician Florence K.

Bell Let’s Talk Day events
Please see below for a list of events taking place across the country on Bell Let’s Talk Day tomorrow:

Bell Media primetime specials
The Social’s Marci Ien and Your Morning’s Anne-Marie Mediwake host Awareness, Acceptance, and Action: A Bell Let’s Talk Day Primetime Special, premiering at 7 pm ET/PT on CTV, CTV2,, the CTV app and Crave.

Companion special Bell Let’s Talk Live streams live on Twitter on location from Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Hosted by Melissa Grelo, Bell Let’s Talk Live features interviews with medical experts, celebrities and other guests. Bell Let’s Talk Live begins at 6:45 pm ET, includes live interviews during commercial breaks of the Bell Let’s Talk Day Primetime Special, and concludes with audience-submitted questions being answered by a panel of mental health experts. You can watch the show on Twitter (@Bell_LetsTalk) and join the conversation using #BellLetsTalk.

Francophone documentary Stronger Together
The mental health documentary Stronger Together highlights the family and friends of people struggling with mental health issues. Dealing with parents who had severe anxiety issues, Michel Charette reached out to people who became family caregivers. Airing on RDS at 8:30 pm ET, Vie at 9 pm ET, D at 9 pm ET, Z at 10 pm ET and on Crave.

Crave highlights mental health
As the home of HBO in Canada, Crave is showcasing HBO’s mental health awareness campaign that highlights issues explored on series like Succession, The Sopranos and Girls. Featuring scenes from the shows along with expert commentary, the programming invites viewers who need help to contact the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Shawntay Rose Dann, Jim Malone and Tyler Simmonds in Halifax
Shawntay Rose, Jim and Tyler will attend the Halifax City Hall flag raising at 9 am AT.

Jessica Holmes at CFB Halifax
Jessica will speak with military and civilian teams at CFB Halifax at 10 am AT and with students and staff at the Nova Scotia Community College Ivany Campus at 1:30 pm.

Beth Beattie on Marilyn
Friend of Bell Let’s Talk Beth Beattie will appear as a guest on The Marilyn Denis Show (which starts at 10 am ET), and meets with colleagues from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s Mental Health Illuminati to share her story.

Raptors 905 game
At a special Raptors 905 game at 11 am ET, approximately 2,200 young people will receive Bell Let’s Talk/Raptors 905 toques. Raptors 905 players will sport a special Bell Let’s Talk jersey. The game, which airs on TSN4, will be hosted by Alexandra Chaves from Family Channel’s The Next Step and Raptors 905 spokesperson Akil Augustine.

Bruno Guévremont in Winnipeg
Bruno joins the annual Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces panel discussion on mental health at 10 am CT with Brigadier General Mario Leblanc, Colonel Rakesh Jetly, Major Nathan Packer, 17 Wing Surgeon Major Patti Louttit, Sergeant Holly Young and Alana Mahaney with the Department of National Defence. The event will be moderated by CTV Morning Live Winnipeg co-host Nicole Dubé with 17 Wing’s Major Karyne Brown. Bruno will also present a 2019 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to Kidthink.

Shea Emry in Calgary
Shea will present a 2019 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to the Calgary Counselling Centre and take part in an event with Calgary Stampede employees. Shea will also take part in the City of Calgary’s flag raising event at Central Memorial park at 9:45 am MT.

Chris Johnson in Edmonton
Chris will join the RCMP K Division flag raising ceremony beginning at 10 am MT.

Andrew Jensen in Ottawa
The Canada School of Public Service and the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace partner to present Government of Canada Bell Let’s Talk Day with Andrew Jensen at 1:30 pm ET. Andrew will also bring greetings on behalf of Bell Let’s Talk at Wabano’s annual charity event to support Indigenous Mental Wellness.

Festival d’Été de Québec
The Festival d’Été de Québec is inviting the creative community to participate in events, including a keynote presentation by Kim Thuy at 4:30 pm ET, that focus on self-care and resilience. A networking event will follow beginning at 5:30 pm at Impérial Bell.

National Music Centre / Studio Bell
The National Music Centre (NMC) is launching a music and healing program stream that includes an event at Studio Bell on Bell Let’s Talk Day. NMC will also provide a range of activities on January 29, including a specialty tour and Kimball Theatre Organ demonstration.

True North Youth Foundation
More than 1,400 kindergarten through Grade 8 classrooms across Manitoba will participate in the Project 11 Virtual Summit, an hour-long program discussing mental health and wellness.

Blue Bombers in the classroom
Winnipeg Blue Bombers players Thomas Miles and John Rush will visit schools around the city to share the Tackle Bullying program with more than 600 students in grades 1 through 5.

Bell Let’s Talk Day at TIFF
TIFF will be offering a free screening of Falls Around Her, a powerful story of indigenous mental health and resilience, followed by a Q&A with guest speaker Ansley Simpson. Before the screening, attendees are invited to join a free workshop on mindful art making led by Cristal Buemi from 4:30 pm to 7 pm ET in the TIFF Bell Lightbox Atrium.

Cracked Up documentary at Hot Docs
In partnership with Hot Docs and Workman Arts, a special free screening of Cracked Up takes place at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto at 6:30 pm ET. A discussion panel moderated by filmmaker Aisha Jamal after the event features Cracked Up director Michelle Esrick, actor Dillon Casey and CAMH’s Dr. Suvercha Pasricha.

Entrepreneurship conference in Québec City
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Québec City, in collaboration with the Mental Health Institute of Québec’s CERVO Foundation, invites business people from Québec City to attend Une conversation honnête sur la santé mentale en entrepreneuriat with Martin Enault, head of operations at Felix & Paul Studios and chair of Revivre.

Healthy Moms, Healthy Families
The Ismaili Centre Toronto will host a panel event at 7 pm ET led by family physician Dr. Sheila Lakhoo and featuring speakers from Women’s College Hospital.

Maternal Mental Health
Life with a Baby will be hosting free informal Pajama Parties at various Indigo and Chapters locations across Canada encouraging moms to learn more about the importance of self-care.

Hudson’s Bay joins in
Hudson’s Bay is encouraging employees and social media followers to join in on Bell Let’s Talk Day. For tweets using both #BellLetsTalk and @HudsonsBay, Hudson’s Bay Foundation will donate 5 cents to CAMH.

University and college sports games
More than 230 universities and colleges around the country are hosting over 550 events including varsity and collegiate games to encourage the campus mental health conversation. Schools will also screen mental health documentaries provided by the Au Contraire Film Festival.

Bell Let’s Talk flag raisings:
Communities and organizations around the country are showing their support for mental health with Bell Let’s Talk flag raisings. In the lead up to Bell Let’s Talk Day, flags have already been raised at: CFB Winnipeg (17 Wing), Clara Hughes Public School in Oshawa, Dauphin City Hall, Gander Town Hall, RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa, Sainte-Julie City Hall, SunLodge Village in Peguis First Nation, Trois-Rivières Police Service, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Val-d’Or City Hall, Verdun Town Hall in Montréal and William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. A massive Bell Let’s Talk flag was also passed around the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa by fans at last night’s Senators home game.

Here are flag raisings currently scheduled for Bell Let’s Talk Day:

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica; Barrie City Hall; Brampton Beast; Brandon City Hall; CAMH; Canadian Armed Forces Latvia; Central Memorial Park, Calgary; CFB Halifax; CFS Alert; Charlottetown City Hall; Churchill Town Centre Complex; College of the North Atlantic Labrador West campus and St. John’s campus; Confederation Park, Kingston; Corner Brook City Hall; Fredericton City Hall; Government of Prince Edward Island, Shaw Building; Grand Falls-Windsor Town Hall; Greater Sudbury City Hall; Halifax City Hall; Hermitage-Sandyville Town Hall; HMCS Toronto; House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador; Huntsville Civic Centre; Iqaluit Aquatic Centre; IUSMM – Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal; IUSMQ – Fondation CERVO; Keyano College; Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (Memorial Park); Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick; Legislative Assembly of Nunavut; Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Whitney Block); Longueuil City Hall; Markham City Hall; Memorial University; Mississauga City Hall; Moncton City Hall; National Defence Headquarters Ottawa; Niagara Falls City Hall; North Bay City Hall; Ottawa City Hall; Peterborough City Hall; Pickering City Hall; Portage and Main, Winnipeg; Québec Association of Police Directors; Queen’s University; Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre; RCMP Detachment, Brudenell; RCMP H Division Headquarters, Dartmouth; RCMP K Division Headquarters, Edmonton; RCMP Kings District, New Minas; Red Deer College; Red River College; Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville; Regina City Hall; Royal Military College of Canada; Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Headquarters; Saint John City Hall; Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Police Service; Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, Dorval; Sault Ste. Marie City Hall; Scugoc Township Office; Sherbrooke Police Service; St. John’s City Hall; Summerside City Hall; Support Group 2 Canadian Division of Canada (SG 2 Cdn Div), CFB Valcartier; SG 2 Cdn Div Montréal Garrison; SG 2 Cdn Div, Saint-Jean Garrison; Sydney City Hall; Torbay Town Hall; Toronto City Hall; Toronto Police Service; Toronto Rock; Université de Moncton; University of Calgary; University of Guelph; Vaughan City Hall; Westmount City Hall; Whitehorse City Hall; Yellowknife City Hall; York Regional Police Service; Yukon College; and Yukon Legislative Assembly.

You can join the conversation
Everyone is invited to join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day by sending messages of support across multiple platforms to drive awareness and action in mental health.

Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these communications on Bell Let’s Talk Day, at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service providers for online or phone access:

  • Talk: Every mobile and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let’s Talk emoji, and every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Facebook: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  • YouTube: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at

Since the first Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2011, Canadians and people around the world have sent a total of more than 1 billion messages of support for mental health, bringing Bell’s total commitment to $100,695,763.75, which includes the company’s original $50 million anchor donation when Bell Let’s Talk launched in 2010.

About Bell Let’s Talk
The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative is focused on 4 key action pillars: Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership. Since its launch in September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations providing mental health services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities and other care and research organizations. To learn more, please visit

Media inquiries:
Jacqueline Michelis


MNO: Brad Maggrah remembered for tireless fight for Métis rights

One of the founding members of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Brad Maggrah has died.

Brad spent the better part of the last three decades training and supporting Métis citizens across the province. Brad was one of the first Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Councillors for Region 2 and served on the PCMNO from 1995 – 1999.

In 1995, he was a member of the team negotiating with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for hunting rights for Métis.

While a PCMNO Councillor , Brad helped to establish community councils in Kenora and Dryden, as well as the Northwest Métis Council in Wabigoon.

At the same time, Brad was also the Vice-President of the Dryden Community Centre.

“Brad worked tirelessly to advocate for Métis rights and was an integral member to the foundation of our organization,” said Chair of the Métis Nation of Ontario France Picotte. “We recognize and appreciate his great work for the MNO.”

His father, a Métis born in Wakaw Saskatchewan, (near Batoche) later settled in Wabigoon where Brad and his six siblings were born and raised.

Brad began a 20-year career in logging at the Dryden Paper Company, as a log hauler. Then, in 1973, he moved to Grand Cache, Alberta to work in the coal mines, operating heavy equipment.

When Brad returned to Ontario he combined his logging skills with his knowledge of heavy equipment, and worked as a logging contractor in Sioux Lookout.

Brad then moved to Ear Falls where he expanded his contracting business by purchasing his own heavy equipment. It was there that Brad also trained Métis in the use of heavy machinery.

Brad was recognized with Queen’s Jubilee medal, and also with an Eagle feather from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples for his work fighting for indigenous rights.

A celebration of life and an internment will take place at an as-yet-unannounced date.

If friends so desire, donations can be made to Brad Maggrah’s Celebration of Life, c/o Kathleen Maggrah, through Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON, P8N 2X3.


Why extreme cold thresholds are different across Nunavut and the country – Nunatsiaq News

28 January 2020

One region’s nice day is another’s frigid forecast

For Nunavummiut, a temperature of -30 C could be considered a nice January day.

But for people living 2,300 kilometres south, in the Greater Toronto area, that kind of chill warrants an extreme cold weather warning from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

So how exactly is “extreme cold” determined, and why is the threshold for declaring it different across the country?

In Nunavut, the threshold to issue an extreme cold warning is the highest in the country, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Sara Hoffman.

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Curtain ready to rise on Shakespeare’s MacBeth in Treaty 6 – APTN News

January 27, 2020

A Cree retelling of Shakespeare’s classic MacBeth is now on the road in Alberta.

The all Indigenous cast will be performing in four reserves.

There will be six shows in Treat six territory.

APTN News checked in on the final rehearsal.

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Winter Road Update – All Winter Roads are now closed to transport deliveries – Net Newsledger

January 28, 2020

All Winter Roads are now closed to Full Transport deliveries. Some communities may still have limited access by light personal vehicle but travel will be at your own risk.

THUNDER BAY – The winter roads are a vital link to get major supplies into communities in Northwestern Ontario. Nishnawbe Aski Nation reports on the condition of Winter Roads in NAN Territory.

NAN now is reporting that as of January 24th, 2020 that all winter roads, with the exception of North Caribou Lake First Nation, are closed to full loads.
Winter Road Network

Thirty-four of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s 49 member First Nations are remote, accessible only by air or seasonal roads. The winter road network consists of five district corridors, stretching over approximately 2,800 kilometers across NAN territory, with each corridor connecting a series of First Nations.

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Listuguj: Medicare Renewal

January 27, 2020

The Listuguj Community Health Services in conjunction with the Régie de L’assurance Maladie Quebec would like to inform Listuguj residents of the importance of keeping your Quebec Medicare Cards up-to-date.

Be advised that in the event that you do not have a valid Medicare card and require emergency treatment at the hospital or a Doctor’s office, the hospital or Doctor will bill you directly. It is important to know that the Listuguj Health Department and Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government are not responsible for charges billed to you as a result of an invalid or expired Medicare card. It is the responsibility of every adult to make certain that they keep their Medicare cards and those of their children up-to-date.

To apply, renew or if you lose your Medicare card, call this toll free number: 1-800-561-9749. If you need a temporary, renewal, name change or a new application for a Medicare card, please present yourself at the Listuguj Community Health Services and the Medical Transportation Assistant/Navigator, Stacy Martin, will assist you with the application process.

Your RAMQ card is the best card to have on hand in case of emergency.

Listuguj Community Health Services (LCHS)


City of Victoria: Provide Feedback on Draft Economic Action Plan, Victoria 3.0

January 27, 2020

The City of Victoria is seeking public feedback to help shape its draft economic action plan, Victoria 3.0 – Pivoting to a Higher-Value Economy – 2020-2041.

The draft plan has been shaped by a six-part series of economic roundtable discussions and by the latest research and thinking in 21st century city building and economics.

Accompanying the City’s Official Community Plan to 2041, Victoria 3.0 has a vision for a sustainable, growing, influential city that creates high-value jobs now and for the future. The aim of the plan is to create a diverse, resilient, inclusive economy over the next two decades.

The City is making this plan now to:

  • Stimulate and support innovation
  • Build on the economic stability offered by our large public sector employment base
  • Diversify our economy
  • Respond to the big changes that will have an impact on sustainable economic growth, including automation and climate change

Tell Us What You Think

Read the draft plan and provide feedback by:

The deadline for feedback is midnight on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Your input will help inform the draft plan that is presented to City Council for consideration early this year.

Learn more.


Excluded voices – McGill Tribune

It begins on the first day of the semester: The syllabus is monopolized by white men. When universities emphasize privileged voices, they dominate classroom conversations and textbooks, leaving little space for marginalized groups’ experiences. While academic institutions like McGill continue to enact policies against discrimination, these initiatives raise questions of what kinds of discrimination ought to be recognized within the university context.

First passed by Senate in 2007, McGill’s Employment Equity Policy sought to eliminate three kinds of discrimination: Direct, indirect, and systemic. McGill’s Senate is the governing body which oversees and makes decisions regarding academic matters of the university.

“McGill University is committed to developing policies, programs, practices and traditions that facilitate the full participation and advancement of members of historically disadvantaged groups in Canada,” the policy reads.

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Lack of funding a roadblock to free driving lessons in remote First Nations communities – CBC

A driving licence is access to safe transportation and an important piece of ID

Jan 28, 2020

For many, learning to drive is a rite of passage. But for those who live in remote Indigenous communities in northern B.C., that access can be nearly impossible — and it’s not getting any easier.

For the past two years, the All Nations Driving Academy has taught driving along Highway 16, also known as the Highway of Tears. But a change in provincial funding may put an end to the program.

“We don’t have the resources to be able to continue this without support,” said Lucy Sager, owner and founder of the driving school in Terrace.

“We’re hoping that the provincial government will have a change of heart and we’ll be able to stay on the road just a little bit longer.”

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Negotiator explores Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement at Thunder Bay information session – Anishinabek News

THUNDER BAY— A wide range of questions and concerns about the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement were addressed by Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement Chief Negotiator Martin Bayer during a Jan. 18 information session in Thunder Bay.

“I thought the community members raised a lot of legitimate concerns in terms of the amount of information they want and are not receiving — I think those were well taken and understood,” says Bayer, a lawyer and Aundeck Omni Kaning citizen. “That is where they are at right now so that is important for them to say those things.”

One of the concerns brought up during the information session was that Fort William currently does not have a constitution and therefore does not qualify to vote to ratify the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement. A constitution, as well as a Band Council Resolution, are required in order for a First Nation to participate in the ratification vote.

“They would still get another kick at this [ratification vote] once they’ve done their constitution,” Bayer says. “There’s going to be other opportunities for people to vote later on as well when they’re ready.”

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CYFN launches culturally-specific training for Yukon First Nations family support workers

January 27, 2020

Yukon First Nations family support workers from across the Yukon are attending their first week of a new 10-month training program co-developed by the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) and Camosun College. The 18 participants represent 10 of Yukon’s 14 First Nations. This week’s intensive five-day orientation is dedicated to setting the foundation of the program.

The program is part of CYFN’s efforts to improve outcomes for Yukon First Nations families, specifically to reduce the number of Yukon First Nations children in the child welfare system. It will also increase the capacity of Yukon First Nations to address community needs.

First Nations instructors from Camosun College’s Department of Indigenous Education & Community Connections will provide the training alongside local Yukon First Nation professionals and local ‘Elder in Residence’ Betsy Jackson. Camosun’s Indigenous Family Support Program is a certificate program that “encourages students to reflect and develop self-awareness and pride as an Indigenous person by promoting experiential learning of Indigenous history and culture.” The Yukon version reflects the unique needs of Yukon First Nations communities.


This course has been specifically designed to empower Yukon First Nations family support workers in their communities. They will learn how to incorporate traditional knowledge into their practices and learn strategies of self-care in light of the difficult situations they encounter on the job. It’s another important step towards increasing the capacity of Yukon First Nations to provide essential services for their citizens.

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston

This exciting collaboration brings together Camosun’s experience of delivering the Indigenous Family Support Program over the past 23 years with CYFN’s vision for capacity development of Yukon First Nations family support workers. The program focusses on Yukon First Nations teachings and ways of being to support the development of culturally-relevant frameworks of practice, while encouraging strong support networks amongst family support workers across the Yukon.

Ruth Lyall, College Coordinator, Department of Indigenous Education & Community Connections, Camosun College

Quick Facts

  • The Yukon First Nations Family Support Worker Training Program runs from January to December, 2020.
  • More than 40 applicants expressed an interest in the 18 available seats.


Juliann Fraser

Communications Advisor

Council of Yukon First Nations

867-393-9200, ext. 9223


MNC: A Statement on Métis Nation Identity, Citizenship and Homeland

January 27, 2020

National Spokesperson

Métis National Council

Recently the presidents of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan and Métis Nation of Alberta issued a press release following a “tri-council” meeting of the three Governing Members. The tri-council presidents signed a number of documents asserting the sole authority of Governing Members, not the MNC, to conduct self-government negotiations with Canada and to deliver programs and services to Métis Nation citizens. They also called for more transparency and accountability from the MNC and the creation of a working group to explore potential reform of the MNC or its replacement by a new national body. They have now written to Minister Bennett seeking her intervention in the internal affairs of the Métis Nation.

As National Spokesperson of MNC as well as President of the MMF, I believe I am in a unique position to address these matters and set the record straight for an honest assessment of where the Métis Nation stands today. First, let’s be clear on what the MNC is and what it isn’t.

Contrary to the three presidents’ expressed concerns over MNC involvement in self-government talks or service delivery, the MNC has no role in either of these matters. The only self-government negotiations with Canada are those between Canada and Governing Members. Moreover, the MNC has no role in the delivery of programs and services. The MNC did play an important role in securing more than $2 billion in funding for Métis Nation programs and services from recent federal budgets but the agreements covering these federal investments all make it clear that the Governing Members are solely responsible for the delivery of these programs. So why make an issue of something that doesn’t exist?

The real issue is the failure of the MNO to comply with the Métis Nation’s citizenship rules embodied in the National Definition and the failure of the three presidents to fulfil their fiduciary duties as members of the MNC Board of Governors to enforce its bylaws and resolutions of the General Assembly. The importance of our National Definition and citizenship rules cannot be overstated. They are the glue that holds our nation together and the MNC most definitely has an important role to play in their enforcement.

The Métis Nation created the MNC in 1983 to protect and strengthen the integrity of our identity as a distinct people and nation. This action marked the determination of the Métis Nation to represent ourselves in the pursuit of self-determination and self-government and never again be grouped within pan-Aboriginal political bodies. Toward this end, the MNC General Assembly, comprised of elected representative from all Governing Members, adopted important resolutions over the decades, establishing the National Definition in 2002 that is entrenched in each Governing Member’s Constitution, and defining the boundaries of our historic Homeland.

The General Assembly also adopted a resolution suspending the MNO for its failure to adhere to the National Definition unless it complied with certain conditions by the end of November 2019 which it failed to do. One would think that the three presidents at the tri-council meeting, with its expressed purpose of identifying common priorities for moving ahead on self-government, would have addressed MNO’s serious breach of our citizenship, the cornerstone of a self-government system.

Instead, they studiously avoided it, with the exception of a casual claim in a “Whereas” clause that they all have “objectively verifiable registry systems that identify legitimate Métis rights-holders and citizens of the Métis Nation”. How would they know that in view of MNO’s longstanding policy of grandfathering its members from the application of the National Definition? If President Froh is convinced she has a verifiable registry system, why did she refuse to permit a review of her registry as required by the General Assembly?

The documents signed by the presidents are replete with nationalist rhetoric but this should be no cover for what is really happening. It has long been evident to historic Métis Nation citizens in western Canada that the MNO is largely a non-Métis Nation body, in other words a pan-Aboriginal organization. We know that in our hearts and minds. MNO representatives themselves have admitted a large part of their membership would not meet the National Definition. This is why MNO has refused to open its registry for review as required by the General Assembly.

In the year since the adoption of the suspension resolution by the General Assembly, President Froh and the two other presidents have pressed repeatedly for Board meetings where they could, behind closed doors, reverse the decision of the General Assembly and undermine the will of the Métis Nation to protect its citizenship. How does this fit with their call for more transparency and accountability at the MNC? Instead of fulfilling their duties as MNC executive members to implement the resolution of the General Assembly on the most critically important function of our governance system, they have collaborated in a way that undermines our national identity.

President Poitras may have found a reliable ally in MNO in her battles with MNC leadership since her defeat in MNC presidential elections but how does she reconcile that with her responsibilities to Métis Nation citizens in Alberta? How can she justify denial of citizenship to those in Alberta who do not meet the National Definition including many long-time members and then turn a blind eye to another Governing Member admitting thousands of non-Métis into our governance system? How can the President and Vice-President of MN-S, both passionate co-sponsors of the MNO suspension resolution, keep a straight face when explaining their reversal of position? Will they come clean on the backroom deal that made this possible?

The MMF has watched these developments with growing concern. In fact, the MMF Cabinet and Annual General Assembly of 3,000 delegates adopted a resolution mandating the withdrawal of MMF from MNC if it fails to take the steps needed to protect the citizenship and boundaries of the historic Métis Nation. Let’s again be clear on this matter.

The MMF waged a 32 year court battle to secure the land rights guaranteed by the Manitoba Act 1870 to the Métis of the Red River Settlement who at that time were the vast majority of the population in the new Province of Manitoba and of the Métis population in the entire Northwest. Red River is where the Métis Nation was conceived, where our flag was first unfurled in the Battle of Seven Oaks in 1816, and where Riel’s Métis Provisional Government was established in 1869 to negotiate our admission into Canada. As successor to Riel’s provisional government in Red River, the MMF has the historical duty to ensure that the integrity of our nation is not compromised.

Further to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2013 upholding our land claim, we are negotiating a settlement with Canada including self-government. We did not support the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements approach adopted by the tri-council members and Canada for a number of reasons. Contrary to the claims of the tri-council presidents, their agreements do not recognize the three as governments but establish a process to do so and even then limits the law making authority to be recognized to internal governance matters such as electoral matters and internal structures.

Moreover, the agreements allow each Governing Member to establish its own citizenship rules in flagrant violation of our commitment to a common citizenship as one people and one nation. The willingness of the tri-council presidents to accept these terms, together with their refusal to take action against the MNO, has reinforced our concern. The presidents increasingly speak of their governance bodies as distinct nations unto themselves, forgetting that we are one people and one nation. After all their backroom deals and betrayals, they have forgotten who they are.

After the dispatch of federal troops to Red River in 1870 and the Saskatchewan valley in 1885, we are now faced with a third invasion from the east, this time by self-styled “Métis” groups springing up all over Atlantic Canada, Québec and Ontario. They have no connection historically, culturally or politically with the Métis Nation in western Canada but seek to usurp our hard won rights. We will not allow the MNO to become the gateway for this new eastern invasion.

The tri-council presidents’ proposal to reform the MNC or create a new national structure should be seen for what it is: an attempt to go back to a pan-Aboriginal national organization. Neither the MMF nor Métis nationalists in the rest of western Canada will ever support going back to what we left behind in 1983. And if change is to occur at the national level, it will be through the will of the General Assembly.

It is time to rally all patriots of the Métis Nation in defence of our Homeland. Toward that end, the MNC will hold a gathering on Identity, Citizenship and Homeland in Saskatoon on March 9 and 10, 2020. I am asking all elected leaders from the four western provinces including Presidents Poitras, McCallum and Dal Col and their respective Boards to join me and the MMF Cabinet at the event. I encourage all members of the General Assembly and indeed all Métis Nation citizens to participate. The stakes have never been higher.


Thank you.


Alberta Indigenous Opportunities allocated $1-billion by Kenney government – The Globe and Mail

An Alberta Crown corporation created to help Indigenous groups buy ownership stakes in resource projects could help contentious pipeline and energy proposals overcome opposition from First Nations, says Premier Jason Kenney.

The new Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corp. has been allocated $1-billion by the Kenney government to support Indigenous investment in Canada’s resource industries, with much of the focus expected to be on infrastructure for the province’s oil patch.

“I think that this corporation may be a game changer in getting market access for our natural resources, which is existential for our economy,” Mr. Kenney said on Monday in Calgary as he unveiled the corporation’s board.

The Premier told reporters he believes some of the tension around energy projects could be solved with more Indigenous investment. Mr. Kenney cited the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline linking Alberta’s oil sands to the Port of Vancouver and the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia, both of which face opposition from Indigenous groups in B.C.

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‘Both ambitious and reasonable’: Chiefs lay out priorities for work on Viens commission’s calls to action – APTN News

January 27, 2020

Leaders of various Indigenous organizations and representatives of the Quebec government convened at the Delta hotel in downtown Montreal for a second meeting since the release of the Viens Commission report last year – with a productive outcome, according to the province’s minister of Indigenous affairs.

While addressing reporters after the closing of the day-long summit, Minister Sylvie D’Amours said she was happy with the results of the much-anticipated meeting, and that discussions were “very positive and very constructive.”

But for his part, Ghisain Picard, regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador said that Monday’s progress doesn’t negate the fact that there’s work still to be done to ensure the commission’s calls to action – as well as those outlined in the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are addressed and ultimately applied by representatives of the provincial government.

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Province Releases Review of Legal Aid Manitoba

Report Identifies Important Opportunities for Improvements While Continuing to Provide Quality Service for Manitobans: Cullen

The Manitoba government is releasing the review of Legal Aid Manitoba that deals with the structure, operations and decision-making of Legal Aid Manitoba (LAM), Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.

“Our government is committed to modernizing Manitoba’s justice system and we recognize legal aid is integral to ensuring access to justice for all,” said Cullen.  “This review reinforced the excellent work already being done, while also identifying some important opportunities to make improvements while continuing to deliver quality service to Manitobans who need it.”

The report’s 15 conclusions and recommendations identify opportunities to change how caseloads, staffing and finances are handled, with the goal of improving legal services to Manitobans and supporting the sustainability of the organization.  The minister has asked the Legal Aid Management Council, which provides strategic direction and oversight to LAM, to review the report’s findings and determine how to best implement improvements.

The minister noted a priority area for the management council is to provide advice respecting the amounts paid to private lawyers for work conducted on behalf of legal aid clients.

The report was written by Allan Fineblit, a well-respected legal expert who has most recently reviewed Manitoba’s family law system and has previously worked in numerous roles connected to legal aid throughout his career.  In December 2019, Fineblit was appointed as the chairperson of the Legal Aid Management Council, along with several other new members.

The independent review of LAM and its recommendations are available online at under Publications.

For more information about LAM, visit

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  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


Deadline for 2020/2021 Anti-Poverty Fund and Advisory Committee

In support of the goal to eliminate poverty in the Northwest Territories, the Government of the Northwest Territories would like to remind the public that applications for the 2020-2021 Anti-Poverty Fund are currently being received. The initial call for applications was sent to Indigenous Governments, Community Governments and Non-Government Organizations on December 10, 2019.

The Anti-Poverty Fund is $1 million distributed every year to community governments and organizations to fund projects intended to reduce and end poverty. The projects that receive funding must be in line with one or more of the five Pillars of the Anti-Poverty Strategic Framework and Action Plan:

  • Pillar 1: Child and Family Support
  • Pillar 2: Healthy Living and Reaching our Potential
  • Pillar 3: Safe and Affordable Housing
  • Pillar 4: Sustainable Communities
  • Pillar 5: Integrated Continuum of Services

The application deadline for the 2020/2021 Anti-Poverty fund is January 31, 2020.

We are also accepting applications to participate in the Anti-Poverty Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide input and advice to the Minister of Health and Social Services. The scope of the Advisory Committee includes knowledge exchange and the provision of advice and recommendations to the Minister.

The application deadline for the Anti-Poverty Advisory Committee is February 7, 2020

For more information on the Anti-Poverty Fund and Advisory  Committee, including  the application form and guidelines, please visit:

The Anti-Poverty Fund

Additional Links:

Media Contact

Damien Healy
Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
1-867-767-9090 ext. 49034


AIOC board gets down to business

The new Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation board brings strong business and financial experience to support partnerships in prosperity.

“This will be a game-changer for Indigenous communities seeking to be owners of resource projects. It will also help all Albertans to get resource projects done. With the board now in place, the AIOC can now fulfil its mandate to enfranchise Indigenous communities in Alberta, to lift their people from poverty to prosperity by becoming partners in the energy projects that have created so much wealth for our province.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

With the board of directors now in place, the corporation can begin allocating up to $1 billion in investment support, such as loan guarantees, to qualified First Nations seeking to take an equity position in major resource projects. While the board sets up criteria to backup projects, the interim CEO, Matthew Machielse, has been meeting with Indigenous, industry and financial leaders, and learning about potential projects that may have lasting benefits for Indigenous communities.

“The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation will benefit Indigenous Peoples and all Albertans. Indigenous Peoples were the first entrepreneurs in this country and are open to doing business. I would like to thank the board for giving their time and extensive expertise to help the First Nations and Métis people of Alberta become true partners in prosperity.”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

The board of this first-of-its-kind Crown corporation in Canada will be setting the AIOC’s strategic direction, overseeing management of the AIOC’s business and making investment support decisions that help to flow money back into Indigenous communities.

Board members include:

  • Cody Church, chair
  • Stephen Buffalo, vice-chair
  • Heather Barnhouse
  • Gary Bosgoed
  • Strater Crowfoot
  • Aroon Sequeira
  • Peter Williams
  • Donavon Young

“Our goal as board members is to have Indigenous communities acquire meaningful economic participation that leads to social benefits from the sustainable development of our natural resources. The AIOC will achieve this by enabling significant Indigenous equity participation in commercially viable projects.”

Cody Church, board chair, AIOC

Quick facts

  • The AIOC will support Indigenous communities’ investment in natural resource projects and related infrastructure in the energy (which includes oil and gas, renewable energy and coal), mining and forestry industries.
  • Project proposals require a minimum Indigenous investment of $20 million. Indigenous communities can form coalitions to make that contribution.
  • Projects inside Alberta and in other provinces are eligible for support. Projects outside the province must benefit Alberta’s natural resource sector to be eligible.
  • Indigenous groups outside of Alberta are eligible by partnering with one or more Alberta Indigenous community that has at least 25 per cent of the total combined Indigenous ownership of the project.

Related information

Media inquiries

Ted Bauer
Press Secretary, Indigenous Relations


A library revamp for reconciliation –

Confederation College’s library is undergoing a transformation, which includes new book club initiatives and replacing colonial-era subject headings in the filing system

Jan 27, 2020

For some, reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada begins with a book club. The Negahneewin Reading Series, a monthly literary circle at Confederation College, brings faculty and others together to read about and discuss Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people.

“It was another way to get staff involved in learning,” says Lisa Jack, manager of the college’s Paterson Library Commons. “We found this was a way for people, through literature and poetry, to relate more to other people’s stories.”

Begun in 2007, and formally organized in 2016, the book club invites members, some of whom attend online, to read a book a month throughout the academic year on an Indigenous topic. Among their selections of First Nation, Métis and Inuit writers, book club members have read Ma-Nee Chacaby’s A Two-Spirit Journey, Maria Campbell’s Half-Breed and Tanya Talaga’s Seven Fallen Feathers.

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Metis carver builds York boat at Fort Langley National Historic Site – CBC

As he assembles each piece, Pat Calihou is reviving his family’s forgotten culture

Jan 28, 2020

When you think about Indigenous art, you might think of welcome poles, plaques or masks.

But how about York boats?

York boats were the traditional watercraft used by Metis and voyageurs for the Hudson’s Bay during the 1700s for the fur trade in Canada.

York boats were eventually displaced by the paddlewheeler, then all but disappeared.

Today, Metis carver Pat Calihou is building a York boat from scratch at the Fort Langley National Historic Site. For Calihou, the journey building the boat is about more than resurrecting his ancestors’ watercraft. The journey is about reviving his family’s forgotten culture while assembling each piece.

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Alberta premier wants Ottawa to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations – BOE Report

January 27, 2020

CALGARY – Alberta’s premier says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to move swiftly to approve the Teck Frontier oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray.

Jason Kenney says there is no reason to delay the go-ahead of the $20.6-billion project near Wood Buffalo National Park in northeastern Alberta.

A federal-provincial review last summer determined Frontier would be in the public interest, even though it would be likely to harm the environment and Indigenous people.

Kenney says the government has to stop listening to a handful of Aboriginal leaders when the majority of them are in favour.

He says reconciliation should mean saying “yes” to economic development for First Nations people.

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Our declaration to the City of Victoria: no meddling in Wet’suwet’en affairs

The City of Victoria voted on 24 Jan. 2020 to demand that BC and Ottawa halt construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, in a city resolution labelled ‘Declaration of Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en People.’

Our response:

A declaration on the audacity of a city government to meddle in the affairs of First Nations, having done nothing to look into the complexity of the issue

WHEREAS thousands of Indigenous people support the Coastal GasLink pipeline project and the benefits that will accrue to their communities;

WHEREAS many Wet’suwet’en people support the Coastal GasLink pipeline project;

WHEREAS 20 elected chief councillors and their Nations voted to support the Coastal GasLink pipeline project using a democratic process identical to the one used by Victoria City Council;

WHEREAS Coastal GasLink has, with no success, been offering to meet with the five hereditary chiefs that oppose the project (out of 13 Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs) with a goal of resolving the matter peacefully;

WHEREAS denying Indigenous pipeline supporters employment and economic development opportunities, and accepting continued poverty, is a form of violence;

WHEREAS you cannot resolve conflict with people who refuse to meet or engage in dialogue;

WHEREAS it is on the public record that comprehensive consultation and engagement has taken place over a number of years, including consultation related to routing of the pipeline;

AND WHEREAS the sharing of economic benefits, including the potential of part-ownership by Indigenous groups in the pipeline, is a real and true step towards Indigenous reconciliation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Victoria has no right to interfere in the democratic processes of First Nations, nor to call for a halt in construction, nor to meddle in an issue that is for the Wet’suwet’en people alone to decide.


Boralex Will Release its 2019 Fourth Quarter Financial Results on February 28, 2020

Montréal, January 28, 2020 – Boralex Inc. (” Boralex ” or the ” Corporation “) announces that the release of the 2019 fourth quarter results will take place on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET.

Financial analysts and investors are invited to attend a conference call during which the financial results will be presented.

Date and time:

Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET

Dial-in numbers:

1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450

Media and other interested individuals are invited to listen to the conference and view a presentation which will be broadcasted live and on a deferred basis on the Boralex corporate website at A full replay will also be available by dialing toll free at 1-855-859-2056 until March 6, 2020. The access code is 4785636, followed by the pound sign (#).

The financial information will be released through a press release and on the Boralex’s website on February 28, 2020 at 7 a.m. ET.

About Boralex

Boralex develops, builds and operates renewable energy power facilities in Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. A leader in the Canadian market and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power, the Corporation is recognized for its solid experience in optimizing its asset base in four power generation types — wind, hydroelectric, thermal and solar. Boralex ensures sustained growth by leveraging the expertise and diversification developed over the past 25 years. Boralex’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BLX. More information is available at or Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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For more information:


Julie Lajoye

Senior Advisor, Corporate Communications

Boralex Inc.


Stéphane Milot
Director, Investor Relations
Boralex Inc.


U of T law professors auction bike tour, tarot card reading to raise funds for Indigenous initiative – Law Times

27 Jan 2020

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law has raised more than $2,000 on its promise auction, with proceeds to be donated to Indigenous initiatives.

One promise auctioned off during the annual fundraising event, which was first held in 2012, was a Toronto bike tour offered by professor Jim Phillips, who teaches legal history and property law, while another promise was a “pizza-based experience” with associate professor Christopher Essert, who teaches private law, property and tort theory and legal and political philosophy.

“Other promises included a jiu-jitsu self-defence seminar, a Korean barbecue lunch with Professor and Blue J Legal co-founder Benjamin Alarie, a tarot card reading, and more,” stated a news release from the university’s website.

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She is my hero:’ Banquet celebrates 2019 Citizen of the Year – Prince Albert Daily Herald

“The greatest power that you carry in this community is the power of influence.” – Janet Carriere

Janet Carriere has experienced marginalization. It’s one of the many reasons that she’ll stand behind a podium, like on Saturday night, and tell a crowd to question their judgments.

“As a child I never knew that there were different races or statuses amongst people,” she said, thanking her family for her upbringing.

When she ventured out of the tiny hamlet of Crutwell and into Red Wing School, just north of Prince Albert, she felt the “ugly sting” of prejudice.

“I didn’t understand how I could be less than other people just because of the community that I came from,” said Carriere.

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Commerce Resources Corp. Updates Fluorspar Upgrade Programs for the Ashram Deposit, Quebec

January 28th, 2020 – Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE, FSE: D7H) (the “Company” or “Commerce”) is pleased to provide an update on the metallurgical programs focused on upgrading the Ashram Deposit’s fluorspar component to acid-spar grade. The Ashram Deposit is one of the largest rare earth deposits being advanced globally, and the Ashram Deposit’s fluorspar component also ranks as one of the largest fluorspar deposits globally.

The Company is engaged in a targeted mineral processing program at Hazen Research, CO, USA (see news release dated November 15th, 2019) with the objective of unlocking the full value of the fluorspar component for the Ashram Project. In addition to the test work focused on upgrading of the current flowsheet’s fluorspar concentrate, an alternative/complimentary approach has also been pursued at the very front-end of the flowsheet. This test work includes a coarser-grind followed by a fluorspar pre-float as an initial beneficiation step to isolate a sizable portion of the fluorspar prior to material entering the primary REE recovery flowsheet.

The Company is pleased to report that the Phase I component of this fluorspar pre-float work program has now concluded. The Phase I program objectives included scoping flotation tests to identify a favourable reagent scheme as well as mineralogical work required to define the Phase II program, which will focus on removing impurities in order to obtain the proper acid-grade specifications as requested by industry. The Company is encouraged by the Phase I results, where mineralogical analysis concludes that the majority of the pre-float concentrate’s fluorspar is present as liberated grains, suggesting favourable conditions for conventional physical separation methods to be carried-out in Phase II.

The Fluorspar Market

Fluorspar prices remain robust ($400 to $500 USD/t), underpinned by strong market demand and long-term fundamentals from the steel and chemical industries. It is an essential raw material to the industry that is consumed during use and therefore cannot be recycled, resulting in new production being required over time to meet global demand.

Acid-spar (>97% CaF2), accounting for roughly two-thirds of the market, is primarily used to manufacture hydrofluoric acid (HF) and subsequent fluorochemicals, which are used in a variety of modern consumer products including an estimated half of all new medicines (Roskill, 2019). Acid-spar is also used in the production of aluminum metal, to reduce process temperatures and energy consumption, and is also a key raw ingredient of materials used in enhancing the operational performance of lithium-ion batteries.

Met-spar (>60% CaF2), accounting for roughly one-third of the global fluorspar market, is primarily used as a flux in the steel making process to lower the melting temperature, as well as to reduce slag viscosity and remove impurities. Met-spar is also used as a flux in the cement industry to speed up the calcination process.

Similar to the prevailing dynamics for rare earth elements, China was historically the largest exporter of fluorspar. However, in the last 3 years, China has become a net importer. This has caused significant price appreciation for fluorspar, and market interest from industry in new sources.

NI 43-101 Disclosure

Darren L. Smith, M.Sc., P.Geo., Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd., a Permit holder with the Ordre des Géologues du Québec and Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this news release.

About Commerce Resources Corp.

Commerce Resources Corp. is an exploration and development company with a particular focus on deposits of rare metals and rare earth elements. The Company is focused on the development of its Ashram Rare Earth Element Deposit in Quebec and the Upper Fir Tantalum-Niobium Deposit in British Columbia.

For more information, please visit the corporate website at or email

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

“Chris Grove”
Chris Grove
President and Director
Tel: 604.484.2700


Pure Gold Drilling Intersects High-Grade Gold Including 33.1 G/T Gold Over 3.4 Metres

January 28, 2020

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Pure Gold Mining Inc. (PGM:TSX-V, LSE:PUR) (“Pure Gold” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that mine development at the Pure Gold Red Lake Mine, initiated as part of the test mining program, has resumed, and exploration drilling in close proximity to this development has intersected high-grade gold mineralization from both infill and step-out drill holes. Drilling tested potential for growth of ore zones that will provide initial feed for the mine processing plant, and has yielded positive results suggesting strong mine continuity and the potential for mining stope expansion.

Results received and compiled will be integrated into short-term mine planning. Access development completed through the test mining program will facilitate production from some of these areas in 2020.  The Pure Gold Red Lake Mine is currently under construction and, to date, underground development is approximately four months ahead of the feasibility schedule, construction is moving forward at a rapid pace, and first gold pour is expected in Q4 2020.1

Drilling results highlights:

    • 24.9 g/t gold over 1.0 metre from drill hole PG19-708;
    • 34.1 g/t gold over 2.2 metres from drill hole PG19-710; including

64.6 g/t gold over 1.0 metre;

    • 33.1 g/t gold over 3.4 metres from drill hole PG19-719; including

79.4 g/t gold over 1.4 metres;

    • 13.2 g/t gold over 6.3 metres from drill hole PG19-735; including

26.3 g/t gold over 2.0 metres.

A summary table of results is set out at the end of this News Release.

“The Pure Gold Red Lake Mine continues to produce significant, high-grade gold drill intercepts and today’s results from areas planned for mining this year highlight local opportunities for mine expansion”, stated Darin Labrenz, President and CEO of Pure Gold.  “Similar to the 2018 test mining program where the discovery of a new hanging wall zone resulted in 56% more ounces than predicted, these drill holes have identified both potential extensions to mine stopes and opportunities to test and develop new stopes.2 Since announcing the commencement of construction in 2019, we have rapidly built out our operations team and our ongoing test mining program has provided development within reach of several of these planned stoping areas.  We understand the orebody well and we are now demonstrating the potential for it to grow.  With construction well underway, we look forward to first gold production expected in late 2020.”

Diamond drilling has identified both extensions to existing stopes, and new zones that may be incorporated into future short term mine plans.   Drill holes PG19-714, PG19-716, PG19-717 and PG19-722 represent step outs of 4 metres to 18 metres from existing mining shapes.  Drill hole PG19-719 suggests a new hanging wall zone, while PG19-735 highlights an opportunity for potential additions to the mine plan, with 6 metres grading 13.2 g/t gold occurring more than 50 metres away from the current mine plan.

Underground Development

The acquisition and installation of key infrastructure for underground mine operations has commenced at site, including the installation of new compressors and ventilation systems and the advancement of the existing ramp. Active de-watering of the underground mine is well underway and on schedule, with the mine water level currently at approximately 240 metres below surface.

The feasibility study contemplated leasing certain equipment for the first two years of production, however, further research done on the Company’s equipment needs and an analysis of current equipment costs demonstrated that significant savings could be achieved from the feasibility study over the initial two years by purchasing the underground mining fleet.1 To date, approximately $6.1 million in equipment has been purchased and delivered to site. The equipment includes two haul trucks, two LHD scooptrams, two jumbos, a scissor lift, a minecat, a boom truck, a mine rescue/personnel carrier, and a telehandler among other mobile equipment. While this expenditure increases the initial capital requirements, total mine equipment expenditures will be reduced by approximately 30% over the first two years by eliminating the mobile lease payments.

Underground services including water and electrical supply and communications have been upgraded in the ramp and haulage of stockpiled test mining material to surface is underway.  As part of the test mining program, pre-production underground ramp development was initiated ahead of schedule and is progressing at an accelerated pace.

Drill Results Summary

New assay results from select drill holes are outlined below:

Hole ID From (m) To (m) Length (m) Gold (g/t)
PG19-701 73.0 75.0 2.0 7.5
PG19-708 77.5 78.5 1.0 24.9
PG19-710 81.3 83.5 2.2 34.1
incl. 81.3 82.3 1.0 64.6
PG19-714 69.0 71.0 2.0 6.1
76.0 77.0 1.0 7.0
89.0 90.5 1.5 5.6
PG19-715 72.9 74.0 4.1 5.1
PG19-716 36.3 37.4 1.0 10.6
PG19-717 15.0 17.0 2.0 8.9
44.2 45.1 0.9 8.2
PG19-719 46.0 48.0 2.0 7.6
incl. 46.0 47.0 1.0 12.6
81.1 84.5 3.4 33.1
incl. 83.1 84.5 1.4 79.4
PG19-720 45.7 48.0 2.3 11.2
PG19-722 117.0 118.0 1.0 14.3
PG19-726 82.5 88.5 6.0 4.6
incl. 82.5 83.5 1.0 8.6
incl. 87.5 88.5 1.0 9.4
PG19-727 86.9 87.9 1.0 6.9
PG19-735 87.4 93.7 6.3 13.2
incl. 91.7 93.7 2.0 26.3
PG19-736 42.4 44.5 2.1 9.7


*Assay composites were calculated using uncut assays and true widths are interpreted to vary from 70-90% (80%, on average) of reported core lengths above.

For a complete list of 2019 drill results, click link below:


Pure Gold is building Canada’s highest-grade gold development project, the Pure Gold Red Lake Mine. With project financing secured, Pure Gold Red Lake Mine is on track to deliver first production into a rising gold market in late 2020. The orebody is open for expansion and forms a part of a seven kilometre long mineral system under active exploration, with opportunity for transformative growth through discovery.

  1. For further information, see the technical report titled “Madsen Gold Project Technical Report Feasibility Study for the Madsen Deposit Red Lake, Ontario, Canada“ with an effective date of February 5, 2019, and dated July 5, 2019 (the “Feasibility Study”), for further information, available at or under the Company’s Sedar profile at
  2. For further information, see news release dated November 28, 2018 titled “Pure Gold Test Mining Returns an Estimated 56% More Gold Than Predicted From Resource Model”.

QA/QC and Core Sampling Protocols

Drill core samples are submitted to ALS Minerals in Thunder Bay, Ontario for sample preparation by crushing to 70% less than 2 mm, a rotary split of 1 kg, and pulverization of the split to better than 85% passing 75 microns. Sample pulps are shipped to the ALS assay laboratory in North Vancouver, BC for gold analysis with a 30 g fire assay and AAS finish (code Au-AA23). Samples returning >5 g/t Au are re-assayed with a gravimetric finish (code GRA21). Mineralized zones with visible gold and shoulder samples are also analyzed by a 1 kg screen fire assay with screening to 100 microns. A duplicate 30 g fire assay is conducted on the screen undersize with assaying of the entire oversize fraction (code Au-SCR21). Control samples (certified standards and uncertified blanks), along with field, prep and pulp duplicates, are inserted on a regular basis. Results are assessed for accuracy, precision, and contamination on an ongoing basis.

Qualified Persons and 43-101 Disclosure

Phil Smerchanski, P. Geo., Vice President, Exploration for the Company, is the designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and verified that the technical information contained herein is accurate and approves of the written disclosure of same.

Our mandate is pure and simple. To dream big. To colour outside the lines. To use smart science and creativity to unlock the Pure Gold Red Lake Mine in Ontario, Canada. And become Canada’s next iconic gold company.

Additional information about the Company and its activities may be found on the Company’s website at and under the Company’s profile at


“Darin Labrenz”                                  

Darin Labrenz, President & CEO

Investor inquiries:

Adam Buchanan, Manager, Investor Relations
Tel: 604-646-8000

Media inquiries:

Gareth Tredway / Annabel de Morgan – Tavistock

Tel: +44 (0) 20 79207150


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